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    Patient Safety Screener 3 (PSS-3)

    Screens for suicidality in emergency patients.

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    Use as an initial quick screen for suicide risk.

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    Why Use

    Emergency patients presenting for any complaint, even non-psychiatric complaints, to screen for suicide risk.

    • Dependent on the patient’s ability to answer the question; thus, it cannot be used in patients who cannot engage in conversation (e.g. if intubated or with altered mental status).

    • Has strong agreement with well-established but lengthier suicide risk assessments like the Beck Scale for Suicide Ideation (BSSI).

    • 3-12% of ED patients presenting with non-psychiatric chief complaints actually have suicidal ideation (Boudreaux 2013). Identifying these at-risk patients is an important first step in implementing an intervention to prevent death/sequelae from suicidal behavior.

    • Traditional suicide risk measures are lengthy and complex. ED-SAFE PSS-3 is a short, efficient screener that can be easily integrated into the existing ED clinical workflow.

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    Refused to answer

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    Dr. Edwin D. Boudreaux

    About the Creator

    Edwin Boudreaux, PhD, is a professor of emergency medicine at the University of Massachusetts Medical School in Worcester, MA. He is also the vice chair of research for the emergency medicine department. Dr. Boudreaux’s primary research is focused on suicide risk screening.

    To view Dr. Edwin D. Boudreaux's publications, visit PubMed

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