Sentinel Event Alert Addresses Identification, Treatment of Individuals at Risk for Suicide

March 11, 2016 | Aging Services Risk, Quality, & Safety Guidance

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​Suicide is now the 10th leading cause of death in the United States, and healthcare providers in all settings can do more to detect and treat it, said the Joint Commission in its latest Sentinel Event Alert. According to the Joint Commission, suicide victims typically receive healthcare services in the year prior to their death, though usually for reasons unrelated to mental health.

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