Topics included our Geriatric ED Accreditation program, freestanding emergency departments, suicide screening, and pediatric readiness. The Joint Commission (TJC) reiterated its standard that universal suicide screening in the emergency department was required for patients with behavioral health chief complaints. Where resources make it feasible, screening of other populations at risk within the population served is encouraged but not a standard. TJC also discussed the issue of inpatient and in-facility suicides. Their data shows that this is actually a rarer event than had been suggested. Nonetheless, they suggest that rooms that house patients with suicidal ideation be free of ligature risks. Among those who kill themselves in a hospital facility, most do so by hanging.
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