What are steps for intervention with a suicidal patient?

Updated: Sep 25, 2018
  • Author: Stephen Soreff, MD; Chief Editor: Glen L Xiong, MD  more...
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Intervention for a suicidal patient should consist of multiple steps, as follows:

  • The individual must not be left alone

  • Anything that the patient may use to hurt or kill himself or herself must be removed

  • The suicidal patient should be treated initially in a secure, safe, and highly supervised place; inpatient care at a hospital offers one of the best settings

After the initial intervention, which usually includes hospitalization, it is critical that there be in place an ongoing management treatment plan.


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