Wide-scale suicide assessments needed to avoid tragedy and significant liability

January 2007
Healthcare Risk Management;Jan2007, Vol. 29 Issue 1, p1
A new National Patient Safety Goal emphasizes the need to detect patients at risk of suicide and to protect them from harm. Risk managers must ensure that all patients are adequately screened and that proper policies and procedures are in place. • The risk of suicide is not restricted to psychiatric care. • Lawsuits involving patient suicide can be difficult to defend. • Proper documentation can be the key to showing you took all reasonable precautions.


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