Accreditation

NPSG #15A: Crafting a suicide risk assessment policy

Briefings on Accreditation and Quality, January 1, 2008

This is an excerpt from a member only article. To read the article in its entirety, please login or subscribe to Briefings on Accreditation and Quality.

Creation of a policy to meet the requirements of National Patient Safety Goal (NPSG) #15A-suicide risk assessment-has proven trickier than expected for many hospitals. This has to do in part with prescriptive versus nonprescriptive components of the goal and finding a way to gently handle a sensitive, volatile topic. "When this first arrived on my desk, we took immediate notice. Initially, it had looked fairly simple to accomplish, but that turned out to not be the case," says Maureen Kolomeir, MBA, MSN, RN, education resource coordinator for quality, performance improvement, safety, and regulatory compliance for Presbyterian Kaseman Behavioral Health (PKBH) in Albuquerque, NM. "It really is a three-pronged patient safety goal," she says. Hospitals are expected under this NPSG to identify patients at risk, provide for the safety needs of those patients, and have a method of prevention.

This is an excerpt from a member only article. To read the article in its entirety, please login or subscribe to Briefings on Accreditation and Quality.

Comments

0 comments on “NPSG #15A: Crafting a suicide risk assessment policy

 

Most Popular