TJC Incidence and Method of Suicide in Hospitals – 2018 Study

The Joint Commission’s (TJC) newly released study of the Incidence and Method of Suicide in Hospitals is a very comprehensive review of data available from the Center for Disease Control’s (CDC) National Violent Death Reporting System (NVDRS) for hospital related incidents and The Joint Commission’s Sentinel Event Database.  It disproves the often quoted study that concluded there were 1,500 inpatient suicides per year.  It goes into great detail about inpatient suicides, the location of the incidents and methods used.  The full text of this study is available here:

TJC Incidence and method of suicide in hospitals 2018

Study of Falls in Psychiatric Inpatient Units

Sara Baramzadeh, PhD, MArch et-al published a study in 2018 in the Journal of the American Psychiatric Nurses Association to determine the built environment’s influence on falls by inpatients in psychiatric hospitals.  Their conclusion was that “The physical environment plays an often-unexamined role in fall events and and specific locations.”  Read the full study here: Bayramzadeh-et-al-Psychiatric-falls

5 Levels of Inpatient Safety Risk Study

Sara Baramzadeh, PhD, MArch published an independent study in 2017 in the Health Environments Research and Design Journal to determine if the Five Levels of Safety framework is an accurate way of evaluating the levels of risk of the various areas of inpatient psychiatric units.   This concept has been included in every edition of the Behavioral Health Design Guide since its first edition in 2003.  Her conclusion was the “Overall findings support the five levels of safety pattern…”.  Read the entire study here: levels of safety (2)