Ligatures and/or Suicide Risk Reduction - Emergency Department - Monitoring Patients

Do we have to have 1:1 monitoring for every psychiatric patient who comes in through the emergency department ?

Any examples are for illustrative purposes only.

No. Only patients with serious suicidal ideation (that is, those with a plan and intent) must be placed under demonstrably reliable monitoring. Most importantly, the monitoring must be linked to immediate intervention by a qualified staff member when called for.

This FAQ was also published in the Perspectives® Newsletter, July 2018, Volume 38, Issue 7 - The Official Newsletter of The Joint Commission.
Last updated on March 19, 2020
Manual: Hospital and Hospital Clinics
Chapter: National Patient Safety Goals NPSG

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