2-Minute Screening Flags Suicide Risk for Kids in the ED

From Futurity:

The tool, which Johns Hopkins Medicine implemented in its pediatric emergency department six years ago, has identified more than 2,000 patients who might benefit from mental health treatment and resources, according to a new study.

The authors suggest that the findings, published in JAMA Network Open, validate what’s since become the standard of care in the pediatric ER and pediatric inpatient units at the Johns Hopkins Children’s Center and neighboring hospitals, and has the potential to save countless lives.

Hospitals implemented the tool, known as the Ask Suicide-Screening Questions (ASQ), in 2013 for youth between ages 8 and 18 presenting to the emergency department with behavioral and psychiatric problems as part of anticipated requirements from the Joint Commission, the body that accredits hospitals and health care programs in the US, says senior author Holly C. Wilcox, associate professor in the Bloomberg School’s mental health department and in the School of Medicine’s psychiatry and behavioral sciences department.

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