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Joint Commission will require hospitals to screen for suicide risk
Modern Healthcare

The Joint Commission will soon require hospitals to have assessment tools and additional procedures in place to treat patients at risk of suicide.

The new requirements, which will go into effect July 1, 2019, are in response to worsening suicide rates in the U.S., according to the nation’s largest hospital accreditation body.

To avoid a citation by the Joint Commission, hospitals will have to conduct risk assessments to identify objects in the environment that can be used to attempt suicide and minimize the risk; screen all patients being evaluated for behavioral health conditions for suicide ideation; document patients’ overall level of risk for suicide and the plan to mitigate the risk for suicide; train and assess staff who care for patients at risk for suicide; and develop discharge policies for patients at risk for suicide.