Algorithm for the Care of Patients at Risk for Suicide – Adult/Pediatric
completed by RN
No action required.
provider (MD or APP)
Provide Suicide Prevention Interventions
- Patient Education
- Safety Planning
- Lethal Means Counseling
Discharge and Refer for Follow-up
Consider need for
Complete suicide risk
Consider consult to
Primary team to
determine level of care
(with or without input
from consult service)
verbalization of suicidal
ideation or behavior?
*Admission to a specific unit should be based on requirements for
medical support. UW Health does not provide inpatient pediatric
psychiatric services, therefore AFCH admission may be used to
temporarily place the patient in a safe environment until transfer to
a local/regional psychiatric facility is established. Admission criteria
for adult psychiatry is outlined in UWHC Policy 10.22.
Refer to the UW Health Suicide Screening, Assessment and Intervention
Guideline for additional information and full recommendations.
Other collateral documents:
ξ Procedural Guidelines for Care in the Emergency Department
ξ Quick Guide for Inpatient Management in Pediatric Patients
ξ Expectations of the Patient Safety Attendant/Personal Safety Observer
Copyright © 2017 Univ ersity of Wisconsin Hospital s and Clinics Authority
Cont ac t : Lee V erm eul en, CCK M @uwheal th. org Las t Revi s ed: 04/2017