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The Impact of C-SSRS (Columbia - Suicidal Severity Rating Scale) Usage on Quality of Care in John George Psychiatric Hospital (San Leandro, CA): a Medical Care Evaluation Study

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The efficient utilization of resources depends on effective prioritization of patients' needs. The use of C-SSRS from time of admission helps in the assessment processes to identify potential suicidal patients thereby informing the clinical judgment of professionals to implement right interventions. The provision of right interventions to the deserving patients has been observed to increase patient satisfaction that can ultimately reduce length of stay in the acute settings. The screener version of Columbia-Suicide Severity Rating Scale allows staff to appropriately measure suicidal risks that ranged from low, medium to high. The medium and high-risk levels require 1:1 observations to ensure safety. Columbia-Suicide Severity Rating Scale (C-SSRS) supports suicide risk assessment through a series of simple, plain-language questions that anyone can ask. Those answers help users identify whether someone is at suicidal risk to further assess the severity and imminence of that risk, then gauge the level of support individuals need.

Omolewa, RN, PhD, Pius

Tribble, PsyD, LCSW, Karyn L.

Alameda Health System

Quality Improvement

August 1, 2018

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