Assessing Self-Harm Risk

Assessing the risk of self harm or suicide in adolescents is a daunting concept for the occassional player.  Many Emergency Departments have a qualified Mental Health professional embedded in their clinical workforce… which means that we can become de-skilled in the art of risk assessment. Last time, we discussed the HEADSS assessment tool for communicating with adolescent patients, and this...

September 9th, 2011 by colinparker 

Adolescent Mischief

It’s a tough transition, from childhood to adulthood… some of us are still trying to grow up. Looking after teenagers in a medical context can be tricky too – how can you be cool, without looking like a fool? In this episode we discuss the challenges of establishing trust, and making a thorough and balanced assessment in a busy, noisy Emergency Department. The HEADSS assessment...

August 24th, 2011 by colinparker