Suicide is one of the leading causes of death in the United States. Most people can say they know at least one person who has committed suicide or has considered suicide. The number of deaths continues to rise, and they aren’t stopping anytime soon. Many of these patients visit emergency rooms around the country seeking help for their depression and suicidal ideation. Some are brought into the emergency department following a suicide attempt and their visit only predicts another one happening in the near future. Some hospitals around the globe has tried to stop this recurrence of suicide reattempts by putting a telephone follow up program into action. Patients are called in monthly time increments for one year to follow up on their care and see how they are doing. These studies have showed a decrease in the number of suicide reattempts and hospital recidivism. This is just one of the ways to help in this global issue. This paper discusses a benchmark project that can be incorporated in a hospital emergency department. The hope is to implement a project like this in my facility in the near future.
Date of publication
MSN Capstone Project
Breaux, Bailey, "Reducing Suicide Reattempts with a Telephone Follow Up Program" (2022). MSN Capstone Projects. Paper 221.