Year: 2015 Source: Journal of Emergency Nursing.(2015).Published online first 30 April 2015.DOI: SIEC No: 20150241

The purpose of this article is threefold: (1) to enhance awareness of heightened suicide risk in the elderly, (2) to question whether the lack of screening for and recognition of depression as a contributing factor to suicide among the elderly predisposes the emergency department to liability, and (3) to determine whether the current ED screening processes should include screening for access to firearms and routine depression screening among elderly persons who are identified as being at highest risk.

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