Journal Article
Commentary

Is it rational to pursue zero suicides among patients in health care?

Mokkenstorm JK, Kerkhof AJFM, Smit JH, et al. Suicide & life-threatening behavior. 2018;48:745-754.

Suicide in all settings is considered a sentinel event. This commentary describes an aspirational suicide eradication program. The approach combines direct identification of suicidal behavior and treatment, system-focused process improvements, and organizational safety culture as interdependent strategies for eliminating suicide. A previous WebM&M commentary discussed a suicide attempt on an inpatient medical unit.