Volume 7, Issue 9: SuicideAuthor: Rebekah Woodhams
Suicide – cause, capacity and care
It had been a busy shift and you are discussing snacks to make up for a missed break. A call comes in to attend a 43 year old male who is apparently having a hypoglycaemic attack and behaving abnormally. This should be fairly straightforward but something makes you think again…
This issue discusses good practice in the assessment and management of suicidal behaviour, including risk and vulnerability factors, the issue of consent and a summary of mental health legislation as it applies to paramedic practice. It will enable you to use your knowledge to make critical decisions in situations that can be very challenging.
Paramedic staff are often the first medical contact for those who self-harm or display suicidal behaviour. This issue discusses good practice in the assessment and management of suicidal behaviour with information on risk and vulnerability factors and the issue of consent. There is a summary of mental health legislation including the Mental Capacity Act as it applies to paramedic practice and useful assessment tools to consider. This will enable you to decide how best to manage the patient and make sure they receive appropriate and effective care in situations that can be very challenging.
Assessment Answers and References
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