The purpose of the ACEP/AFSP Innovation in Suicide Prevention Award is to recognize promising and innovative acute care (eg, emergency department, EMS, etc.) activities in the area of suicide prevention, that improve patient outcomes and improve lives of patients and/or providers. Our goal is to highlight new and exciting ways that acute care providers across the U.S. are making a difference in suicide prevention. We plan to recognize the most novel, sustainable, and scalable solutions, and share those solutions with the broader acute care and suicide prevention communities.
The nomination process is extended to Nov. 1, 2022. The selection committee will meet to review the nominations and select an award winner in the fall of 2021. The selection committee expects to award one winner for the 2022 year.
Those who received the ACEP/AFSP Innovation in Suicide Prevention Award in a previous year are not eligible to receive the Award a second time.
2021 Winner: Emergency Psychiatric Intervention (EPI)
Emergency Psychiatric Intervention (EPI) is a unique conceptual framework to improve the emergency department (ED) care of patients with mental health emergencies. Utilizing the same principles that improved ED care for patients with critical medical illnesses – early risk stratification, eliminating over-processing, immediate treatment, and proactive staff education – EPI decreases the risk of suicide in patients with mental health crises who seek care in the ED. EPI began in 2018 when Vituity leaders in emergency medicine and emergency psychiatry recognized the time was long overdue to innovate care for patients with mental health crises while they languished in the ED. They wanted to empower EPs to begin appropriate treatment in the ED, rather than delaying care until the patient arrived at an appropriate mental health facility. They created multi-modal training materials and in 2019 rolled out their first multi-site EPI Collaborative, bringing together physician, nursing, and behavioral health leaders from four EDs in the same health system for an intensive training in EPI and change management. The pilot was successful in reducing length of stay, decreasing restraint utilization, and improving staff satisfaction and perception of safety.
Deadline for 2022 nominations is September 30, 2021.