Enduring Material: Suicide Risk Reduction Policy & Protocol Updates

Exploration of common characteristics among successful suicide prevention programs in health care settings will be conducted, which will encompass risk and protective factors. Data from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) on suicidal thoughts and behaviors among US adults in the past year will be addressed along with policy improvements targeting patient care. Establishing precautions to minimize the risk of attempted/completed suicide, including employment of validated screening tools will be identified. Admission criteria and procedures for patients 14 years of age and above presenting in the ED with suicidal risk will be assessed and environmental safety precautions examined. Literature shows that universal screening picks up more patients at risk in the ED; for future consideration, the issue of expanding screenings at primary care settings with subsequent course of action should screen be positive will also be addressed.

Enduring material credits expire March 4, 2022

Learning Objectives

At the end of this session, learners should be able to:

  1. Understand of the policies and procedures related to suicide risk identification within the Allegheny Health Network (AHN)
  2. Explain their role in the care of a patient who is at risk for suicide.
  3. Define levels of observation needed for patients identified at risk for suicide.
  4. Complete the Columbia and the Ask Suicide Screening Questionnaire (ASQ) in Epic and notify the attending physician.
Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 0.50 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™
  • 0.50 APA
  • 0.50 Attendance
Course opens: 
Course expires: 

Suzanne Labriola, MD - Interim Chief Medical Office, Wexford Hospital, AHN Advance Care Planning/POLST Chair, AHN Divison of Supportive Care, Highmark Enhanced Community Case Management (ECCM) Lead Physician

P.V. Nickell, MD - System Chair, Department of Psychiatry, Allegheny Health Network


The planners and speaker(s) have indicated that there are no financial relationships with any commercial interests to be disclosed.

Allegheny General Hospital is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Allegheny General Hospital this enduring material activity for a maximum of 0.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Enduring Activity beginning date:  March 3, 2020 Expiration date:  March 4, 2022  


Allegheny General Hospital is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Allegheny General Hospital maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

Available Credit

  • 0.50 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™
  • 0.50 APA
  • 0.50 Attendance


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