Suicide Prevention in Hospitals: Reduce Risk and Comply With Joint Commission Requirements - On-Demand

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Suicide Prevention in Hospitals:
Reduce Risk and Comply With Joint Commission Requirements - On-Demand

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Presented on:
Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Presented by:
Ernest E. Allen, ARM, CSP, CPHRM, CHFM 

Level of Program:

Hospitals are continually working to reduce the risk of patient suicide in their facilities, but the problem persists. The Joint Commission has placed particular emphasis on reducing suicide risk, including a National Patient Safety Goal and a recent Sentinel Event Alert.

In this webinar, former Joint Commission surveyor Ernest E. Allen, ARM, CSP, CPHRM, CHFM, will explain how hospitals can identify and reduce suicide risks and improve compliance with Joint Commission requirements.

At the conclusion of this program, participants will be able to:

  • Identify suicide risks in hospitals
  • Be able to reference applicable Joint Commission standards and Sentinel Event Alerts
  • Learn prevention methods to help lower suicide risk

Who Should Listen?

  • Hospital risk managers
  • Safety directors
  • Facility directors
  • Safety committee members
  • Patient safety professionals
  • Leadership professionals
  • Nurses


  • Sentinel Event Alerts related to patient suicide
    • #7 released November 1998
    • #46 released November 2010
    • #56 released February 2016—replaced both #7 & #46
  • Joint Commission standards and suicide risk
    • EC.02.02.01: Manage safety and security risks
      • EP 1: Risk identified by risk assessment, RCA, sentinel events
      • EP 2: Take action to eliminate or reduce risks
    • EC.02.06.01: Maintain safe and functional environment
      • EP 1: Interior spaces meet needs of patients—“Must make all possible modifications 2017 focus of surveys”
  • Review of suicides in healthcare
    • Statistics—10th leading cause of death in United States
    • Hospital locations—behavioral health & ED focus, other areas used for treatment of suicidal patients
    • Claims review
    • Direct benefits in preventing patient suicides
  • Preventive measures to reduce suicide risk
    • Risk assessment of patient
    • Risk assessment of environment
    • Ligature risk focus
    • Behavioral health assessment team
    • Photo examples of modifications to reduce risk
  • References
    • Design Guide for the Built Environment
    • Joint Commission Online, March 2017: Suicide prevention

Meet the Speaker

Earnest E. AllenErnest E. Allen, ARM, CSP, CPHRM, CHFM, is account executive of the Patient Safety Department of The Doctors Company, Northeast Regional Office of Ohio. He also is a private consultant on life safety at hospitals across the country. He has more than 30 years of healthcare experience, including working as a Joint Commission life safety surveyor and serving as a safety and security director at a 500-bed hospital in Cleveland.


Webinar system requirements and program materials: 

To fully benefit from the webinar experience, please note you will need a computer equipped with the following: 

Browser: Microsoft Internet Explorer 6 or later, Firefox, Chrome, or Safari, with JavaScript enabled 
Internet: 56K or faster Internet connection (high-speed connection recommended) 
Streaming: for audio/video streaming, Adobe Flash plug-in or Safari browser on iOS devices 

Prior to the webinar, you will receive an email with detailed system requirements, your login information, presentation slides, and other materials that you can print and distribute to all attendees at your location. 

No problem. The On-Demand version is now available. Use it as a training tool at your convenience—whenever your new or existing staff need a refresher or need to understand a new concept. Play it once or dozens of times. A $199 value! 

Participation in the webinar is just $199 per site. All materials must be retrieved from the Internet. 

Call your customer service representative toll-free 800-650-6787 or email if you have questions.