eMed International™ has developed evidence-based and statistically relevant rating scales to advance the rapid emergency psychiatric screening of suicidal youth patients. These valid assessments reliably answer the question, “Should the person be held in, or transferred to, the hospital for a full psychiatric evaluation?”
Over 1,000,000 emergency psychiatric assessments on children, adolescents, and adults are conducted in U.S. hospitals and outpatient offices annually, and research shows wide variability in the accuracy, admission, and discharge decisions. Recent analysis by the National Institutes of Mental Health indicates that there is little or no evidence about the value of current risk assessments. This is in part due to the fact that ideation is common and depression variable in youth and adult populations. Although there has been convergence concerning factors considered important for formulating violence assessments, high false-positive and false-negative results have compounded the inaccuracy of screening measures with associated financial, emotional, ethical, and legal consequences.
Russell Copelan, MD
Dr. Copelan graduated from Stanford University, UCLA Medical School, University of California, Irvine, Department of Psychiatry, and fellowship in movement disorders at the University Of Colorado School of Medicine. He is the author of the ACUTE©, VISTA©, and ACTA© emergency assessments. He has published in the scientific peer-reviewed literature and presented his research world-wide.
His in depth knowledge, training and experience in research, Emergency Room Psychiatry, and Neurology, support the mission of eMed. He directs all educational, research, and quality assurance programming.
The human story is complex.. eMed International® is dedicated to the task of ongoing research to advance the reduction of violence and suicide in our lifetime.
Clinicians and first-contact professionals need to be fully equipped and prepared to administer the best options. Our education events deliver the latest and most important information.
mission & vision
Every person deserves the best care in critical situations. The mission of eMed International™ is to extend the benefit of our research to every institution that cares for those at-risk.
Emergency Medical Evaluation of Dangerousness
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Suicidal and Homicidal Assessments