Ligatures and/or Suicide Risk Reduction - Applicability in a Hospital's Emergency Department

What is the expectation for a patient brought to our general hospital Emergency Department for a psychiatric-related condition when the patient will most likely be transferred to a psychiatric facility?

Any examples are for illustrative purposes only.

The requirement under this safety goal is that a suicide risk assessment will be done in the receiving Emergency Department and appropriate precautions will be taken. There are several cases in The Joint Commission's sentinel event database of suicides in emergency departments while the patients were awaiting transfer.
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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