Ligature Risk and Suicide Prevention in the Emergency Department

September 22, 2022 | 11:00AM - 12:00PM PT

Emergency departments (EDs) across the nation are seeing a significant increase in the volume and length of stay of behavioral health patients. This means EDs are caring more for those at the highest risk for suicide attempts. A toolbox with materials to recognize and mitigate ligature risk has been designed for this presentation. Documents will also be shared that demonstrate how to create a safe space for the patient waiting for clearance, how a strong partnership with the county behavioral health team impacts the suicide risk, and how having a solid monitoring and education plan for the staff affects patient safety.   

At the conclusion of this presentation, the participant will be able to:

  • Describe types of interventions to mitigate suicide risk in the ED
  • Understand how to design a check-off sheet for ligature risk avoidance that is appropriate for their work environment
  • Develop workflow ideas on how to work with their county to assess for suicidal ideation and create a clear documentation of risk
  • Design an education and monitoring plan for their staff to create a safe environment

Theresa Hyer, MSN, RN
Director of Emergency Services
Adventist Health and Rideout

Theresa is the director of emergency services at Adventist Health and Rideout in Marysville, CA. Adventist Health and Rideout is a rural Level III trauma center, STEMI-receiving center, and primary stroke center serving 72,000 patients annually. Theresa has over 30 years of ED experience; 16 of which have been spent in leadership roles within the ED. 

Theresa has her master’s degree in nursing leadership and management. The last two hospitals she managed were both awarded the California Emergency Physicians’ Distinguished Site Award for Process Improvement. Theresa and her team won the Chamber of Commerce Innovation and Rising Star Award, the statewide and national County Behavioral Health Care Challenge Award, the American College of Emergency Physicians Innovation award, and the California Hospital Association Summit Award for Innovation for their county mental health collaborative.

HQI is an approved continuing education (CE) provider by the California Board of Registered Nursing and will provide CHPSO members an opportunity to earn CEs. Provider Number CEP16793 for 1.0 contact hour.

Please contact CHPSO at info@chpso.org if you have any questions.