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Patients often present to the ED with behavioral health concerns, but psychiatric experts recognize the environment is hardly optimal for easing anxiety or calming a troubled mind. Further, patients with psychiatric concerns often wait in the ED for extended periods before they are connected with appropriate care, a time that can be fraught with danger for individuals at risk for self-harm. Recognizing the safety challenges at issue, a multidisciplinary team at Massachusetts General Hospital developed and implemented a protocol aimed at protecting such patients.

Safety Protocol Can Prevent Self-Harm Incidents