A&E departments are failing to spot patients who are at risk of committing suicide in future, many of whom seek emergency care in the year before their death, according to UK researchers.
They found more than 40 per cent of people who committed suicide over a two-year period in the north west had visited an A&E department at least once in the 12 months prior to their death.
Of these, 28 per cent had received emergency care on at least three occasions. These “frequent attenders” were more likely to have a history of self-harm.
“Clinicians should be alert to the risk associated with such presentations and to the possible association between frequent attendance and suicide,” the authors said online in the journal Emergency Care Medicine.