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Journal Article

Inpatient suicide: preventing a common sentinel event.

Tishler CL, Reiss NS. General hospital psychiatry. 2009;31:103-9.

Suicide attempts by inpatients are considered a never event, and, as such, are also considered reportable sentinel events by the Joint Commission. This article reviews the suicide rate in hospitals, related risk factors, methods of suicidal behavior, factors that contribute to the event, and suggestions for prevention and risk assessment.