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Emergency departments fail to spot suicidal patients

28th July 2010

A study in Emergency Medicine Journal has suggested that clinicians working in emergency care might be failing to spot patients at risk of suicide.

The study, in which researchers from the University of Manchester reviewed emergency department records in the North West of England, found emergency care departments might be a useful setting for staff to identify patients who are a high risk for suicide. Around 5,000 people kill themselves in England and Wales every year and previous research has indicated that the emergency department might be well placed to identify patients vulnerable to suicide.


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