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Development and implementation of a suicide prevention checklist to create a safe environment.

Frost DA, Snydeman CK, Lantieri MJ, Wozniak J, Bird S, Stern TA. Development and Implementation of a Suicide Prevention Checklist to Create a Safe Environment. Psychosomatics. 2020;61(2):154-160. doi:10.1016/j.psym.2019.10.008

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March 4, 2020
Frost DA, Snydeman CK, Lantieri MJ, et al. Psychosomatics. 2019;61(2):154-160.

This study assessed the effectiveness of a suicide prevention checklist in a single hospital developed based on Joint Commission recommendations. In the two years following checklist implementation, suicide attempts decreased by 42% (compared to the preceding two years); the number of patients sustaining temporary or minor injuries also decreased by 57% across the same time period. Survey responses showed that unit nurses felt the checklist list created a safe environment (88%) and that it supported consistent practice (90%) of caring for potentially suicidal patients in nonpsychiatric units.

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Frost DA, Snydeman CK, Lantieri MJ, Wozniak J, Bird S, Stern TA. Development and Implementation of a Suicide Prevention Checklist to Create a Safe Environment. Psychosomatics. 2020;61(2):154-160. doi:10.1016/j.psym.2019.10.008