Patients on suicide precautions-what is your facility's policy? - page 2
I work for a small hospital. We have a general med/surg floor with 32 beds and a 4 bed ICU. Every once in awhile, we get a patient who has attempted suicide. Usually these patients are medically... Read More
Dec 5, '01In my hospital, since our in patient Psych unit closed in May, we have been seeing a lot of OD suicide attempt patients on my unit. We have a policy that says the patient is a 1:1 observation until cleared by the psychiatrist. The 1:1 observation is done by a nursing assitant. There are NO exceptions to this rule. Sometimes the pt is admitted first to our ICU--depending on how the patient is doing medically--then transferred out to my unit --a 30 bed medical telemetry/respiratory unit.