Quality & Patient Safety

Suicide risk assessment important part of survey and patient safety

Patient Safety Monitor, April 1, 2010

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Identifying patients at risk for suicide has been a requirement of the National Patient Safety Goals since 2007. Since that time, inpatient suicide remains the second most frequently reported sentinel event to The Joint Commission, after wrong-site surgery.

Those patients who arrive at the hospital with a primary diagnosis of an emotional or behavioral disorder must be assessed for their suicide risk, and it’s important to document well that the assessment occurs, said Sharon Chaput, RN, C, CSHA, director of regulatory and quality management at the Brattleboro (VT) Retreat, during a recent HCPro audio conference.

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