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Preventing Self-Harm in the Nonpsychiatric Health Care Setting

Liberatore, Kim MSN, RN

AJN The American Journal of Nursing: November 2019 - Volume 119 - Issue 11 - p 67–69
doi: 10.1097/01.NAJ.0000605396.83183.d2
Safety Monitor

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Using data from the Pennsylvania Patient Safety Reporting System, the author reviews self-harm safety events that have occurred in nonpsychiatric settings to demonstrate vulnerabilities and encourage implementation of risk reduction strategies.

Kim Liberatore is a patient safety analyst for the Pennsylvania Patient Safety Authority in Harrisburg, PA. This article is adapted from “Patient Self-Harm in the Nonpsychiatric Setting,” which appeared in a publication of the Pennsylvania Patient Safety Authority: Pennsylvania Patient Safety Advisory 2019;16(1). Contact author: The author has disclosed no potential conflicts of interest, financial or otherwise.

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