Retreat Clinicians Author Book on Suicide Risk Assessment

Congratulations to Sharon Chaput, RN, CSHA, senior director of Standards & Quality; and Kirk Woodring, LICSW, senior director of Access, Evaluation & Ambulatory Services, on the November 30 release of their book Assessing the Risk: Suicidal Behavior in the Hospital Environment of Care (2011, HCPro, Inc.)

Chaput and Woodring co-authored the book at the request of HCPro, Inc., a healthcare compliance and management consulting firm.

The 180-page publication is billed as a practical guide complete with rapid interviewing techniques designed to help staff in acute care hospital settings better identify patients at risk for suicide. Attention to this issue in non-psychiatric setting has been driven in part by statistics from The Joint Commission indicating that suicide of patients in acute care hospital settings (or within 72 hours of discharge from such settings) has been among the top five most frequently reported sentinel events since 1995.