Suicide by mental health in-patients under observation

by | Feb 2, 2023 | Clinical care, Research summaries | 0 comments

Flynn et al, 2017

This study aimed to explore characteristics of in-patients who were under observation prior to suicide.

Between 2006 and 2012, there were 113 suicide deaths by in-patients under observation in England and Wales, an average of 16 per year. Most were under intermittent observation, and 5 deaths occurred under constant observation.

We identified key elements of observation that could improve safety, including using only experienced and skilled staff for the intervention, adhering to procedures, and using observation levels determined by clinical need rather than resources.

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