Suicidality in emergency medicine: Results from a retrospective analysis of emergency documentation forms

Fabian U Lang, Nadine Hubel, Markus Kösters, Thomas Messer, Alexander Dinse-Lambracht, Markus Jäger
Neuropsychiatrie: Klinik, Diagnostik, Therapie und Rehabilitation 2016, 30 (2): 69-73

BACKGROUND: To analyze suicidal care episodes in emergency medical responses in Germany.

METHOD: Anonymized data from emergency care episodes in Ulm from 2004 to 2013 were analyzed retrospectively.

RESULTS: 158 of 933 psychiatric emergencies (16 %) were suicide related, including 14 completed suicides, 25 care episodes with suicidal ideation, and 119 suicide attempts. Significantly more men than women completed suicide (χ²(2,N = 934) = 12.70, p = 0.02). 93 % of the total psychiatric emergencies received any medication at all, and only about 33 % were transported to a psychiatric hospital.

CONCLUSION: Psychiatric treatment for suicidality in emergency medicine requires improvement to ensure that patients receive adequate therapy.

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