ED Pathway for Evaluation/Treatment of Children with Behavioral Health Issues

Triage - Psychiatric Emergency

1 Critical 2 Acute 3 Urgent 4 Urgent 5 Non-Urgent
  • Psychosis
  • Aggressive behavior
  • Uncontrollable behavior
  • Violent behavior
  • Suicidal ideation
  • Hx:
    • Aggressive behavior
    • Uncontrollable behavior
    • Violent behavior
  • Medical clearance
  • Hx: acting out
Notify Social Work for Level 2 patients.
Notify Security of aggressive patients.

Triage Screening Questions

Does your child have any emotional, behavioral, developmental or learning issues we should know about?

If yes:

For child <12 years, ask parent:
In the past week, has your child expressed thoughts about killing or hurting him/herself?

If child 12 years or older:
In the past week, have you been having thoughts about hurting or killing yourself?

If suicidal ideation:

Minimize Waiting for All Patients


Suicidal Patients

Homicidal, Agitated or Aggressive Patients

Developmental, Autism Spectrum Disorder


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