Aftermath of suicide in the hospital: Institutional response

Elizabeth D. Ballard, Maryland Pao, Lisa Horowitz, Laura M. Lee, David K. Henderson, Donald L. Rosenstein

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Background: A suicide can be a devastating event in the hospital, and few guidelines exist to aid an institution's response. Method: The authors describe a framework of immediate, short-term and long-term responses in the event of an in-hospital suicide. Conclusion: Implications for administration, communication, assessment, physical environment, and standards of care throughout the hospital are discussed that are relevant to both general-medical and psychiatric settings. Suggestions for the successful management of the aftermath of a suicide, such as the formation of a multidisciplinary leadership team, are included.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)461-469
Number of pages9
Issue number6
StatePublished - 2008
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)
  • Applied Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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