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Mills PD, Watts BV, Miller S, et al. Jt Comm J Qual Patient Saf. 2010;36:87-93.
Suicide in a hospitalized patient is considered a never event. The majority of inpatient suicide attempts occur in patients hospitalized on psychiatric units, and a prior study conducted in Veterans Affairs hospitals used root cause analysis to identify predisposing factors for suicide attempts. Based on those findings, in this study, the authors report on the development of a checklist to identify and minimize suicide hazards in mental health facilities. The checklist primarily focused on eliminating environmental hazards, such as anchor points for hanging attempts and materials that could be used as weapons. After implementation of the checklist, over three-quarters of potential hazards were removed. A case of a suicide attempt on a medical unit is discussed in an AHRQ WebM&M commentary.
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Patient, provider, and system factors contributing to patient safety events during medical and surgical hospitalizations for persons with serious mental illness.
McGinty EE, Thompson DA, Pronovost PJ, et al. J Nerv Ment Dis. 2017;205:495-501.
Patients with underlying psychiatric conditions may be particularly vulnerable to adverse events. This retrospective study analyzed 790 medical or surgical hospitalizations among adults with serious mental illness in Maryland hospitals over a 10-year period. Numerous patient, provider, and systems factors were correlated with adverse events. The authors suggest that improving safety in patients with mental illness will require multifaceted interventions.
Hunt JM, Sine DM. Patient Saf Qual Healthc. May/June 2016;13:20-28.
Design is emerging as an important tactic to augment safe care delivery. Hospitals that provide care for psychiatric patients must make unique considerations to protect this vulnerable population from harming themselves and other individuals that come into contact with them. This magazine article provides recommendations for hospitals to enhance room and fixture designs to reduce risks for mental health patients.