The Joint Commission Revises Definition of a Suicide in Sentinel Event Policy
The Joint Commission revised its definition of suicide in the Sentinel Event Policy, effective Jan. 1, 2024. The original definition, developed more than 10 years ago, focused on inpatient and “staffed around-the-clock” care settings or suicides within 72 hours of discharge. Data and evidence-based literature support extending the time frame and services in which a patient receives care when considering suicide as a sentinel event.
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