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Near-hanging and its management in the acute inpatient mental health setting


Molloy, L and Brady, M and Beckett, P and Pertile, J, Near-hanging and its management in the acute inpatient mental health setting, Journal of Psychosocial Nursing and Mental Health Services, 52, (5) pp. 41-45. ISSN 0279-3695 (2014) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.3928/02793695-20140110-01


Being admitted to an inpatient mental health unit does not necessarily protect a patient against suicidal behavior. Given their purpose and design, these clinical areas can provide a safe environment for reducing hanging deaths. Strategies for reducing suicide by hanging in acute inpatient units should include ongoing review of the safety of the environment and the emergency management of near-hanging. After receiving a request from inpatient nursing staff to develop an education program focused on the emergency management of near-hanging, the authors undertook a review of the literature to (a) identify the evidence base within this area and (b) establish an effective means to promote safe practice with the staff. This article provides a synthesis of the literature review and its implications for nursing practice.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:mental health nursing, mental health services, suicide, simulation
Research Division:Health Sciences
Research Group:Nursing
Research Field:Mental health nursing
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Provision of health and support services
Objective Field:Mental health services
UTAS Author:Molloy, L (Mr Luke Molloy)
UTAS Author:Pertile, J (Ms Joy Pertile)
ID Code:91374
Year Published:2014
Web of Science® Times Cited:1
Deposited By:Health Sciences B
Deposited On:2014-05-15
Last Modified:2017-11-02

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