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Keeping patients at risk for self-harm safe in the emergency department: a protocolized approach.

Donovan AL, Aaronson EL, Black L, et al. Keeping patients at risk for self-harm safe in the emergency department: a protocolized approach. Jt Comm J Qual Patient Saf. Epub 2020 Sept 24. doi: 10.1016/j.jcjq.2020.08.013.

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December 2, 2020
Donovan AL, Aaronson EL, Black L, et al. Jt Comm J Qual Patient Saf. 2021;47(1):23-30.

Patient suicide, attempted suicide, or self-harm are considered ‘never events.’ This article describes the development and implementation of a safety protocol for emergency department (ED) patients at risk for self-harm, including the creation of safe bathrooms and increasing the number of trained observers in the ED. Implementation of the protocol was correlated with lower rates of self-harm.