Emergency Department Management of the Suicidal Patient
Pennsylvania Patient Safety Advisory~~~~~~
PA-PSRS has received several reports of patient suicide attempts, failed searches of suicidal patientsÕ possessions, and elopements of suicidal patients from emergency departments (ED). Although suicides, suicide attempts, and patient self-harm should be reported as Infrastructure Failures, facilities have reported them and their near-miss counterparts to the Patient Safety Authority (PSA). Suicidal patients are evaluated and often held for observation in the ED.