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Suicide

Also in the news for August 18, 2014 . . .

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Nursing home $10,000 suicide fine upheld

A federal appeals court has upheld a $10,000 fine against a skilled nursing facility for leaving a suicidal patient unattended. The court said that it was “reasonably foreseeable” that allowing the agitated and injured patient to leave the facility unattended was justification for the fine.

Researchers recommend referring residents to mental health providers.

Suicide threats counteracted

Caregivers in long-term care facilities should screen residents using a suicide risk tool, according to a June 17 report in Annals of Long-Term Care: Clinical Care and Aging.

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