The Joint Commission Added the National Patient Safety Goal: Identifying Individuals at Risk for Suicide

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The Joint Commission added the National Patient Safety Goal: Identifying Individuals at Risk for Suicide (NPSG 15.01.01) in 2007. This goal was directed at psychiatric and general hospitals with patients whose primary complaint is an emotional or behavior disorder, including substance abuse (according to DSM). This goal is directed at both types of hospitals for important reasons; (1) general hospitals do not have an environment that is conducive to the protection of individuals who are suicidal, and (2) psychiatric hospitals are constructed to protect individuals who are suicidal but have a high concentration of suicidal individuals and are not always staffed appropriately. This goal has an intent that basic issues related to suicide…show more content…
Psychiatric and general hospitals are required to, “Conduct a risk assessment that identifies specific characteriscts of the individual served and environmental features that may increase or decrease the risk for suicide” (Joint Commission, 2010). Many psychiatric hospitals have extended their services in the last few decades to drug and alcohol rehabilitation and these admissions and their environments will now require a complete suicide risk assessment, if it has not been done so before. Safety goal 15A puts emphasis on care during and following discharge from a healthcare organization to be an important first step in protecting and planning care for at-risk individuals, especially in emergency medicine where young patients are treated quickly and not for overnight stays (Adamski, 2007). Elements for Performance for NPSG 15.01.01 as described by the Joint Commission in July 2010, M 3 reads, “When an individual at risk for suicide leaves the care of the organization, provide suicide prevention information (such as a crisis hotline) to the individual and his or her family” (Joint Commission, 2010). In general hospitals and psychiatric hospitals assessment of the patient at risk for suicide will be done by the treating physician and the nurse. Collaboration will be done with other treating

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