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Is EMS Medical Clearance of Psychiatric Patients Safe?

Emergency Medical Services Use Among Patients Receiving Involuntary Psychiatric Holds and the Safety of an Out-of-Hospital Screening Protocol to "Medically Clear" Psychiatric Emergencies in the Field, 2011 to 2016
Tarak K. Trivedi, MD; Melody Glenn, MD; Gene Hern, MD, MS; David L. Schriger, MD, MPH; Karl A. Sporer, MD

EMS approach and care for mental health-related emergencies has never been under more scrutiny. Join us as the study authors and our PCRF research team discuss the safety of EMS crews diverting psychiatric patients on involuntary police holds to stand alone psychiatric care centers. This five-year retrospective study with Alameda County ePCR data may surprise you. Not only were 24% of all EMS encounters in Alameda County were attributable to “involuntary hold patients,” but there were also 1,072 (4.1%) patients with greater than 20 encounters during the study period. Would EMS diversion improve patient experience and reduce burden on EDs?
 
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