Review: Risk Management with Suicidal Patients
I found this book very easy to read in laymen terms. It was a short book but held important information for clinicians to protect themselves from liability and malpractice should a client/patient die by suicide.
The authors stressed that this was more an outpatient issue than an inpatient issue, least that is my interpretation. This holds true in the day an age where inpatient psych admission are short and not very helpful. In fact, there has been more suicides post discharge or during an admission than there has been outpatient deaths. I would quote where I got this but unfortunately, I don’t have it handy. It has been my nemesis to remember information but not the source.
The information about inpatient suicide care is a little outdated for the current time period even though the book was written in 1996. The important points are to have a standard of care that protects the client/patient from him/herself as well as the clinician taking care of the said client. The general rule is to seek supervision where appropriate or consultation with other clinicians that have more experience in the field of suicide and not to have more than at least 2 at high risk clients.
Suicide research and treatment has come a long way since 1996. More safety protocols have been created as well as safety planning that promote a life worth living. I highly recommend this book to any clinician in the field of mental health and dealing with the suicidal patient, even though there has been some things that need to be updated.
Bongar, B., Berman, A. L., Maris, R. W., Silverman, M. M., Harris, E. A., & Packman, W. L. (Eds.). (1996). Risk Management with Suicidal Patients. New York, New York: Guilford Press.