2-minute screening flags suicide risk for kids in ER
A new screening tool used in pediatric emergency rooms appears to provide an accurate gauge of children's risk for suicide, researchers report. 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.
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