ED Shared Standards for People with Mental Health Needs
In 2018, mental health leaders and emergency department (ED) physician leaders across the state of Minnesota came together with ICSI as an initiative of the MN Health Collaborative. The team identified that although there are established best practices for handling cardiac distress or strokes within the ED, there is a slim body of evidence when it comes to mental health issues. These Shared Standards in Emergency Departments for People with Mental Health Needs provide guidance for health systems that is evidence-based, adaptable to local context, and aligns with CMS and accrediting agencies’ requirements related to National Patient Safety goals.
These Standards have been developed based on evidence for best practice where it exists, expert working group consensus where the evidence is insufficient, and with practical implementation guidance provided. They include Suicide Prevention and Intervention, Prevention and Management of Agitation, and Medical Clearance Evaluation.