The Interpretative Guidelines mention At the present time there is no

The interpretative guidelines mention at the present

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with the patient. . . . ” The “Interpretative Guidelines” mention: “At the present time, there is no nationally accepted standard for the evaluation.” “The hospital must complete the evaluation o n a timely basis so that appropriate arrangements for post-hospital care are made before discharge, and to avoid unnecessary delays in discharge.” “The hospital must transfer or refer patients, along with the necessary medical information, to appropriate facilities, agencies, or outpatient services, as needed, for follow-up or ancillary care.”
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Continuity of Care for Suicide Prevention and Research 100 Organization United States Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), Veterans Health Administration (VHA) “It is the responsibility of the Suicide Prevention Coordinator (SPC) in each facility to maintain a list of patients at high risk for suicide.” “Patients, who are admitted for hospitalization as a result of a high risk for suicide ideation, must be placed on the high-risk list, and kept on the list for a period of at least 3 months after discharge. They must be evaluated at least weekly during the first 30 days after discharge .” “The [suicide prevention] plan…must include specific processes for follow-up for missed appointments .” “There is a written safety plan; the plan and the process of developing it are included in the medical record, and the veteran has a copy of the plan.” “The [safety] plan should be specific…. It should list situations, stressors, thoughts, feelings, behaviors and symptoms that suggest periods of increased risk…as well as step by step descriptions of coping strategies and help seeking behaviors….” Organization Department of Health in New South Wales: Inpatient Standards, Australia “Patients assessed to be at long-term high risk of suicide when discharged must have a follow-up appointment with the relevant health provider (for example, community care coordinator or case manager, general practitioner, private psychiatrist) within 24 hours of discharge .” “Patients due to be discharged from a mental health in-patient unit or hospital should, whenever possible, be allocated to a community mental health key worker (e.g., care coordinator, acute care service, emergency service team) prior to discharge.” “The follow-up service provider is to receive a verbal report on discharge of the patient.” “If the person at ongoing risk does not attend the initial post-discharge appointment, outreach contact and assessment should occur immediately, preferably by the person with whom the appointment was made.” Organization Department of Health in New South Wales: Emergency Department Standards, Australia “The mental health service has been consulted.” “A comprehensive suicide risk assessment has been conducted.” “Prior to leaving the [ED], the person and, where appropriate, their family… must be provided with written confirmation of the follow-up appointment .” “The following
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