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Identify | Implementation ToolsThe Patient Safety Screener (PSS-3): A Brief Tool to Detect Suicide Risk in Acute Care Settings

The Suicide Prevention Resource Center has created a seven-minute about The Patient Safety Screener (PSS-3), a tool for identifying patients in the acute care setting who may be at risk of suicide. The PSS-3 can be administered to all patients who come to the acute care setting, not just those presenting with psychiatric issues, and was developed by the University of Massachusetts Medical School. Accompanying materials provide help to administer the PSS-3, plan for patients who screen positive, and implement screening sustainably and effectively. 

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