The Joint Commission has released a new Sentinel Event Alert on suicide. Sentinel Event Alert 56: Detecting and treating suicide ideation in all settings replaces two previous alerts on suicide (issues 46 and 7). This Joint Commission Sentinel Event Alert aims to assist all health care organizations providing both inpatient and outpatient care to better identify and treat individuals with suicide ideation. Clinicians in emergency, primary and behavioral health care settings particularly have a crucial role in detecting suicide ideation and assuring appropriate evaluation. The suggested actions in this alert cover suicide ideation detection, as well as the screening, risk assessment, safety, treatment, discharge, and follow-up care of at-risk individuals. Also included are suggested actions for educating all staff about suicide risk, keeping health care environments safe for individuals at risk for suicide, and documenting their care.
Read the Sentinel Event Alert: https://www.jointcommission.org/assets/1/18/SEA_56_Suicide.pdf