Navigation Links
Severe Pain Can Trigger Suicide in Hospital ERs
Date:12/15/2010

By Julia VanTine
HealthDay Reporter

WEDNESDAY, Dec. 15 (HealthDay News) -- A group that accredits many U.S. hospitals has urged hospital and emergency-room caregivers to watch for attempted suicides in patients with no history of psychiatric problems.

The new alert, issued by the Joint Commission, stresses that it's not just psychiatric patients who kill themselves, citing as an example someone recently diagnosed with cancer who goes to an ER because the cancer-related pain has become unbearable.

"A patient who attempts suicide in the emergency room or a hospital's medical or surgical unit often has a different set of presenting complaints or a different diagnosis than a patient hospitalized in a psychiatric unit," said Dr. Robert Wise, a psychiatrist and medical adviser to the commission's division of healthcare quality evaluation.

The alert suggests strategies to help hospitals and ERs reduce the risk for suicide among such patients.

Of the 827 in-hospital suicides reported to the commission since 1995, almost 25 percent occurred in non-psychiatric settings, such as emergency rooms, cancer and intensive-care units and long-term care hospitals, the commission noted. The methods most often used were hanging, suffocation, intentional drug overdose and strangulation.

Because the suicides are reported voluntarily, there's no way to know how common the act is, Wise said. But a hospital in which a suicide occurs examines the circumstances to determine potential causes, "and that's probably more important than the actual prevalence, as it can help to prevent future occurrences," he said.

People with illnesses that cause chronic pain, such as cancer, or that cause a slow mental deterioration, such as dementia, may begin to have thoughts of suicide, he said.

"A patient diagnosed with cancer who is in intense, intractable pain may feel worn out and hopeless, even though they may not talk a
'/>"/>

Copyright©2010 ScoutNews,LLC.
All rights reserved  

Page: 1 2 3

Related medicine news :

1. Severe Bacterial Strain Found in Cystic Fibrosis Patients in Canada
2. Rare, Severe Form of Morning Sickness Appears to Be Genetic
3. Severe Acne May Up Suicide Risk: Study
4. A comparison of severe outcomes during the waves of pandemic (H1N1) 2009
5. Major clinical trial prompts call for change to treatment guidelines for severe malaria worldwide
6. Discovery shows promise against severe side effects
7. Severely injured should go directly to trauma center: Research
8. Johns Hopkins researchers turn off severe food allergies in mice
9. New treatment for severe aortic stenosis shown to save lives, Stanford researchers say
10. Disc Battery Ingestion May Cause Severe Injuries in Babies
11. Gene Rx May Fight Severe Blood Disorder
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
Related Image:
Severe Pain Can Trigger Suicide in Hospital ERs
(Date:4/19/2015)... Philadelphia, Pennslyvania (PRWEB) April 19, 2015 ... and proved tolerable in a small group of healthy ... (UPCI), partner with UPMC CancerCenter , announced ... (AACR) Annual Meeting in Philadelphia. , The ... clinical trial, which will recruit participants at high risk ...
(Date:4/19/2015)... 2015 New court documents issued by ... that Lipitor lawsuits ( http://www.lipitorlawsuitcenter.com/ ) continue to mount ... District of South Carolina. According to the April 15th ... in the proceeding on behalf of individuals who allegedly ... the cholesterol-lowering statin. This represents an increase of 110 ...
(Date:4/19/2015)... April 19, 2015 Family and friends of ... Brains in Memory of Brad Baddeley event to honor ... Foundation. , Bowling for Brains is cheduled to take place ... Dudley Street in Lincoln, Nebraska. Participants may arrive at 12:30pm ... 3:00pm. , The cost is only $4 per game and ...
(Date:4/18/2015)... (PRWEB) April 18, 2015 Carinsurancequotesinfo.com has ... insurance can cover physical injuries caused by a ... excellent financial coverage for a vehicle. A policy can ... by an accident. Drivers should always carry appropriate coverage ... insurance policy can be bought with several important riders ...
(Date:4/18/2015)... 2015 Review of Ophthalmology magazine and ... for Success’ program for cataract surgeons attending the American ... Diego, where eye surgeon Jeffrey L. Martin, MD will ... Dr. Martin is the Managing Partner of North Shore ... Dr. Martin to lead this year’s discussion on the ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):Health News:Preventing Cancer with Broccoli Sprout Extract 2Health News:Preventing Cancer with Broccoli Sprout Extract 3Health News:Lipitor Lawsuits Mount, as New Court Report Shows More Than 100 Filings Added to Federal Litigation Since March 2Health News:Lipitor Lawsuits Mount, as New Court Report Shows More Than 100 Filings Added to Federal Litigation Since March 3Health News:Lincoln, NE’s Bowling for Brains to benefit Renowned Brain Aneurysm Foundation 2Health News:Lincoln, NE’s Bowling for Brains to benefit Renowned Brain Aneurysm Foundation 3Health News:Auto Insurance Plans Can Cover Physical Injuries Caused By An Accident! 2Health News:Dr. Jeffrey Martin Invited to Share Latest Breakthroughs in Cataract Care During Roundtable Discussion at National 2015 ASCRS Meeting In San Diego 2
... Thursday asked the government, the railway ministry and the Indian ... petition accusing them of supplying unhygienic food to rail passengers.// ... Khetrapal issued notice to the respondents to file their replies ... entrusted with the task of supplying food to passengers on ...
... Society Wolfson Research Professor and inventor of DNA Fingerprinting ... which will be awarded to him later this year. ... Heineken Prize for Biochemistry and Biophysics 2006 by the ... of the discovery of the revolutionary technique. ...
... shake-up of the out of hours health care system in England ... ,The public accounts committee claimed that the new health ... met many key targets. ,In 2004 most GPs had ... which PCTs took over in 90% of cases. ,The ...
... launched by the Cancer Research UK, and its ... take up// drug candidates that pharmaceuticals companies have ... their preclinical studies. By this they plan to ... been shelved by pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies. ...
... and Aberdeen University in Scotland found that women with ... have twins// following in vitro fertilization. They found that ... multiple births after fertility treatment. ,However, the ... protects against birth defects such as spina bifida, does ...
... Embryology Authority show that recently there is a surge ... technology// (ART) in the UK. It is astonishing to ... 34. There is increase in women choosing to delay ... and scientists say that there are long-term risks associated ...
Cached Medicine News:Health News:Inventor of DNA fingerprinting Wins Accolades 2Health News:Cancer Research UK Offers New Hope To Cancer Patients 2Health News:High Levels Of Folic Acid May Increase The Chances Of Twins After IVF 2
(Date:4/17/2015)... Nonin Medical, a global leader in noninvasive medical monitoring, ... Steve Bucholz will retire May 1. Company founder ... Chief Executive Officer. In addition, Mr. Isaacson will continue ... transition to David Noel , Chief Financial Officer. ... to Nonin Medical,s growth," Mr. Isaacson said. "Under Steve,s ...
(Date:4/17/2015)... R.I , April 17, 2015 CVS ... a conference call on Friday, May 1, 2015, at ... its first quarter financial results. An audio ... through the Investor Relations portion of the CVS Health ... visit http://investors.cvshealth.com . This webcast will be archived ...
(Date:4/17/2015)... ASSESS shows   plasma circulating tumour DNA (ctDNA) ... tumour biopsy   IGNITE supports value of ... AstraZeneca today presented results from two key studies ... for epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) mutation status in newly ... clinical practice. [ 1 ] , ...
Breaking Medicine Technology:Nonin Medical's Philip Isaacson Expands CEO Role; President and COO Steve Bucholz to Retire May 1 2"Real World" Data Support Use of Blood Test for EGFR Mutation in Advanced NSCLC 2"Real World" Data Support Use of Blood Test for EGFR Mutation in Advanced NSCLC 3"Real World" Data Support Use of Blood Test for EGFR Mutation in Advanced NSCLC 4
... AUG. 2 Two major studies,published today in The ... pregnant women at risk for preterm delivery who can ... today. In one large multi-center trial led by ... whom had no prior history of preterm birth) who,received ...
... Population of Glioblastoma Patients Expected to Support ... Promising New Approach -, TUSTIN, Calif., Aug. 2 ... stage biopharmaceutical,company developing targeted monoclonal antibodies for the treatment ... the first,patient has been administered Cotara(R) in a new ...
Cached Medicine Technology:Progesterone Therapy and Preterm Birth: More Evidence Helps Identify Women Who Can Benefit 2Peregrine Pharmaceuticals Doses First Patient in Cotara(R) Phase II Brain Cancer Trial In India 2Peregrine Pharmaceuticals Doses First Patient in Cotara(R) Phase II Brain Cancer Trial In India 3Peregrine Pharmaceuticals Doses First Patient in Cotara(R) Phase II Brain Cancer Trial In India 4
... new Vivid i is ... to provide high-performance, full-featured imaging in a ... addresses one of the biggest ... complete, real-time diagnostic information. The new system ...
... CRP test is an immunochromatography based ... is designed for semi-quantitative determination of ... serum or whole blood specimens. The ... or whole blood can be detected ...
The Bio-Quant CK-MB test is an immunochromatography based one step in vitro test. It is designed for qualitative determination of,CK-MB in human serum specimens as an aid in the diagnosis of myocar...
This advanced digital monitor detects the appearance of an irregular heartbeat during measurement and gives a warning signal with your reading. An irregular heartbeat may cause or indicate cardiovasc...
Medicine Products: