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J Emerg Med. 1992 May-Jun;10(3):335-43.

Suicide: risk factors and therapeutic considerations in the emergency department.

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Department of Psychiatry, University of Colorado Health Sciences Center, Denver 80262.


Emergency physicians often encounter covertly and overtly suicidal patients, and can thus play a key role in the prevention of suicide. The epidemiology and diverse presentations of suicidal behavior are reviewed. We then provide a detailed approach to the assessment of suicide risk, and criteria for safe discharge from the emergency department (ED). Finally, management considerations for the ED are discussed.

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