Improving patient safety with the Stanley and Brown Suicide Safety Template
Amber Larson, BSN, RN, PHN
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Background: The effect of safety planning for patients discharged from the emergency department (ED) with suicidal risk is not yet determined but using safety plans to mitigate suicidal behavior is regarded as best practice.
Importance: ED patients do not consistently follow up with recommended outpatient mental health treatment. However, brief ED interventions, including individualized suicide safety plans, can reduce suicide risk and improve patient safety after ED discharge.
Aims: The project aimed to improve the safety of positively identified suicidal risk patients in the ED of a regional medical center in the Upper Midwest with brief ED interventions to reduce suicide risk.
Method: Based upon a positively identified suicide risk using the Colombia Suicide Severity Rating Scale (C-SSRS), the Stanley and Brown Suicide Safety Template was utilized to develop safety plans for patients with suicidal risk. A Likert survey then measured the effectiveness of suicide safety plans constructed by staff and patient participants.
Conclusion: Results showed that promoting better suicide-related care processes improved suicide prevention. The Stanley and Brown Suicide Safety Template was identified as a best practice by the project’s clinical site for suicide prevention and is both feasible and helpful from patient and nurse perspectives.
|Type||DNP Capstone Project|
|Review Type||None: Degree-based Submission|
|Evidence Level||Quality Improvement|
|Research Approach||Qualitative Research|
Suicide Safety Plans
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