Inside best practice: Suicide risk prevention

HCPro's Weekly Update on the ANCC Magnet Recognition Program®*, October 25, 2010

Editor’s note: This article is excerpted from a column by Julie D’Apollo, RN.

National Patient Safety Goal NPSG.15.01.01 requires that patients being treated for emotional or behavioral disorders be identified for the risk of suicide. Meeting this goal has required a number of interventions using a multidisciplinary team approach. This requires ongoing training on many different levels.

Nurses will gather information at admission to perform an initial safety assessment of the patient. This involves not just asking the patient about his or her suicidal ideation, but also obtaining information on any current suicide plan, feasibility of following through with the plan, and past attempts.

Source: This excerpt is from the October HCPro’s Advisor to the ANCC Magnet Recognition Program®.

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