Former MCES Staff Member Writes Article On Suicide Risk Assessment

Thursday, November 8, 2018

We often share news of articles published by our staff. This month we are pleased to share an article by a former staff member. Chris Mamrol, BSN, RN, CPPS, coordinated our performance improvement activities. Chris is now a Patient Safety Liaison with the Pennsylvania Patient Safety Authority (PSA).

The PSA is an independent state agency that works to reduce and eliminate medical errors by identifying problems and recommending solutions. They review and report on incidents involving patient injuries at hospitals and other health care facilities. The PSA staff help providers develop safe practices and procedures.

Chris is a strong supporter of suicide prevention. He has made a number of presentations on this topic for our staff. In an article in the October 2018 issue of the PSA Advisory, Chris identifies some of the most common problems in identifying and evaluating suicidal intent. Chris draws observations from data from the PSA's Patient Safety Reporting System and the professional literature.

We recommend his article highly to providers serving persons who may be at risk of suicide.