How to reduce suicides on the psychiatric ward

Implementing checklists to prevent suicide risks can reduce the number of deaths by suicide in psychiatric facilities. Since 2007, Veteran’s Affairs medical facilities across the country have successfully reduced the number of suicides in their facilities by taking measured steps to reduce risks. The checklist includes removing dangerous items from rooms and ensuring that patients are monitored by nursing staff. Increasing the data available has also led to new recommendations and standards.

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