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Suicide Life Threat Behav. 2004 Winter;34(4):448-53.

Environmental risk factors in hospital suicide.

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Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, George Washington University, Medical Faculty Associates, Washington DC 20037, USA. dlieberman@mfa.gwu.edu

Abstract

Suicide of hospitalized patients is the most common sentinel event reviewed by The Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations. Shorter lengths of stay, sicker patients, and higher patient to staff ratios challenge the ability of the hospital to maintain safety. Risk factors associated with the physical environment of the inpatient psychiatric unit, cited as the most common root cause of inpatient suicide, may be neglected because evaluation of these factors is generally not included in medical education and training. Minimization of fixtures that can facilitate strangulation and other high risk aspects within the hospital environment is an important element in the prevention of suicide on psychiatric units.

PMID:
15585466
DOI:
10.1521/suli.34.4.448.53740
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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