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Psychosomatics. 2008 Nov-Dec;49(6):461-9. doi: 10.1176/appi.psy.49.6.461.

Aftermath of suicide in the hospital: institutional response.

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  • 1National Institute of Mental Health, Clinical Research Center, Building 10, Room 6-5340, Bethesda, MD 20892, USA.

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

A suicide can be a devastating event in the hospital, and few guidelines exist to aid an institution's response.

METHOD:

The authors describe a framework of immediate, short-term and long-term responses in the event of an in-hospital suicide.

CONCLUSION:

Implications for administration, communication, assessment, physical environment, and standards of care throughout the hospital are discussed that are relevant to both general-medical and psychiatric settings. Suggestions for the successful management of the aftermath of a suicide, such as the formation of a multidisciplinary leadership team, are included.

PMID:
19122122
PMCID:
PMC2857997
DOI:
10.1176/appi.psy.49.6.461
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