UVM group creates a 2-minute suicide risk assessment application

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A suicide risk assessment tool created by a group of University of Vermont analysts is advancing into the jail and the military systems. It’s in the beginning times of a rollout that the makers’ expectations will fundamentally help health care providers in distinguishing and saving individuals who are in an emergency.

The Systematic Expert Risk Assessment for Suicide, or SERAS, is a survey that can be regulated on an iPad. It was created at UVM as a clinical assessment of the intense danger of suicide within 72 hours and has been tested in a clinical setting in hospital crisis departments.

SERAS is the work of psychiatrists Isabelle Desjardins, who currently functions as the UVM Medical Center’s chief medical officer; Sanchit Maruti, an addiction authority who runs UVM’s suboxone program; and Robert Althoff, an associate professor at UVM. They were joined by William Cats-Baril, a professor at UVM’s Grossman School of Business who established the school’s MBA on Sustainable Entrepreneurship. The four, with different partners, were noting a call from the Joint Commission – the national health care accrediting body – that got for hospitals to do suicide risk assessments for more patients.

The four set out to make a tool that could stand-in for the judgment of psychiatrists in evaluating a patient’s danger of suicide within the next 72 hours.

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