Joint Commission Proposes Revisions to National Patient Safety Goal for Reducing Risk of Suicide for Hospitals

PUBLISHED: Mar 26, 2018
Relevant to: Behavioral Health, Hospitals

The Joint Commission (TJC) is proposing revisions to the current National Patient Safety Goal that requires hospitals to identify individuals at risk for suicide. The intent of this NPSG is to help organizations identify and treat individuals with behavioral health diagnosis who may be at risk for suicide.

Some of the changes in the proposed revisions include:

  • Expanding the goal of reducing the risk of suicide from applying to only patients in psychiatric hospitals to applying to all hospitals
  • An environmental risk assessment that includes identifying and minimizing any features in the physical environment that could be used to attempt suicide.
  • Use of validated assessment tool(s) to screen patients for suicidal ideation and severity of suicidal ideation.
  • Written polices and procedures that address patients determined to be at risk for suicide.

Follow the link below to review the proposed revisions and comment submission instructions. Comments will be accepted through May 7, 2018.

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