Strategies for Hospitals to Reduce the Incidence of Suicide
One way hospitals can potentially impact the incidence of suicide is by implementing suicide prevention programs on non-psychiatric units such as the Emergency Department and medical surgical units. These areas pose a risk because the staff are not necessarily trained to perform suicide risk assessments or to interact with suicidal individuals and also because the environment itself is not designed in a manner that considers suicide prevention. The need for training and education programs about suicide prevention programs on non-psychiatric units is of such importance that, in 2010, The Joint Commission issued a Sentinel Event Alert on the topic.
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