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A 42-year-old man with a history of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), alcohol use disorder and anxiety disorder, was seen in the emergency department (ED) after a high-risk suicide attempt by hanging. The patient was agitated and attempted to escape from the ED while on an involuntary psychiatric commitment. The ED staff treated him as a “routine boarder” awaiting an inpatient bed, with insufficiently robust behavioral monitoring.
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Irving, TX: American College of Emergency Physicians; 2023.
Fortis B, Bell L. Pro Publica. September 12, 2023.
Geneva, Switzerland; International Council of Nurses: 2023.
West S. KFF Health News. August 24, 2023.
Desjardins L. PBS NewsHour. August 29, 2023.
Moritz J, Coffey J, Buchanan M. BBC News. August 19, 2023.