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<p>Experts point to insufficient mental healthcare resources in the United States as one of the key drivers of the rising suicide rate. However, these experts emphasize that emergency providers have a front-row seat to the problem, and can play an important role in prevention. To address the issue, a growing number of EDs are implementing universal screening to identify patients at risk for suicide. Such steps must be paired with effective protocols to connect at-risk patients with appropriate interventions.</p>

Emergency Providers Play a Pivotal Role in Suicide Prevention

Train emergency staff how to manage patients at risk for suicide, but beware scarce resources and watch for logistical barriers