Ligatures and/or Suicide Risk Reduction - Screening vs. Comprehensive Assessment

For psychiatric hospitals and residential treatment facilities, are we required to screen all individuals admitted and to conduct a more detailed risk assessment, as appropriate, or to conduct a thorough suicide risk assessment for every individual who presents for admission?

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The details of the risk assessment process, when required, are left to the individual organization to decide. A two-stage process-for example, screening followed by a comprehensive assessment, as appropriate-is acceptable. Additional information regarding assessing suicide risk has been published in our Sentinel Event Alerts:
Last updated on March 19, 2020
Manual: Hospital and Hospital Clinics
Chapter: National Patient Safety Goals NPSG

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