Assessing suicide risk in A&E
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Assessing suicide risk in A&E

Les Jones Charge Nurse, A&E Department, Royal London NHS Trust

Les Jones explores some of the issues the psychosocial assessment of suicidal patients

Psychosocial assessment of parasuicide patients often comprises little more than two questions. ‘Did you mean to kill yourself?’ and, ‘do you now feel that you want to kill yourself?’ Unfortunately for hard pressed A&E staff, when time is nearly always at a premium, any meaningful psychosocial assessment should involve a great deal more than this.

Emergency Nurse. 2, 4, 7-9. doi: 10.7748/en.2.4.7.s2

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