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

Mokkenstorm JK, Kerkhof AJFM, Smit JH, et al. Is It Rational to Pursue Zero Suicides Among Patients in Health Care? Suicide Life Threat Behav. 2018;48(6):745-754. doi:10.1111/sltb.12396.

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March 6, 2019
Mokkenstorm JK, Kerkhof AJFM, Smit JH, et al. Suicide Life Threat Behav. 2018;48(6):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.