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Tip of the Week: Security’s involvement in suicide risks

Hospital Safety Insider, February 3, 2011

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Security is capable of providing support for suicide prevention. How do your security staff fit into suicide prevention efforts? The Joint Commission released a Sentinel Event Alert on suicide prevention on November 17, 2010, for general hospitals. In includes steps for security members to follow when handling suicide prevention.

The steps are outlined in the February issue of Briefings on Hospital Safety:

• Don’t cross the line: Security officers are not part of the patient care team
• Involving security: Develop a written plan or policy for involving security as sitters for patients in the ED, which may take them away from their main priorities
• Training: Security officers should be included in staff training on suicide prevention
• What to do if an incident occurs: As security staff are often first responders, ensure they know that to do in the event of a suicide

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