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Seattle Children's Hospital on Implementing Suicide Risk Screening: The Cerner Podcast, Ep. 51

Published on 12/19/2017

According to the CDC, suicide is the second leading cause of death among persons aged 10–24 years in the United States. After experiencing increases in pediatric suicide attempts and suicidal ideation in the emergency department, Seattle Children's Hospital implemented a suicide risk screening tool within their EHR workflow.

On this episode of The Cerner Podcast, Elaine Beardsley, clinical nurse specialist in the emergency department at Seattle Children’s, and Julie Geiger, senior clinical systems analyst at Seattle Children’s, discuss how health IT can help maximize the efforts of mental health professionals to improve patient safety.

In this episode, Elaine and Julie answer the following questions:

  • Emotional and psychological health aren’t necessarily the first things you think of being triaged in a pediatric emergency department, what were you seeing that made you realize they needed to be a priority?
  • What type of challenges were you experiencing with limited mental health resources and how can technology help make care more efficient and effective?
  • Can you describe some of the health IT and clinical tools that Seattle Children’s has put in place to help address this issue?
  • What kind of risk factors have been determined to be predictors of suicidal ideation or behavior? Are there any risks that clinicians seemed to be overlooking?
  • With youth suicide being a national issue, what advice would you have for facilities looking to improve their screening process?

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