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Lamb, Stephn and Arensman, Ella (2006) Accident & Emergency nursing assessment of deliberate self harm. Exploring the impact of introducing a suicide education programme and a suicide intent scale into A&E/MAU nursing practice: a pilot study. Cork: Health Service Executive, National Suidice Research Foundation.

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A proposal to pilot nursing assessment of self harm in Accident and Emergency Departments (A&E) was developed by key stakeholders in nurse education and suicide prevention in the South East and submitted to the National Council for the Professional Development of Nursing and Midwifery in April 2002.The proposal included the introduction of a suicide intent scale. Following an initial training programme, a suicide intent scale was utilised by nursing staff in A&E and the Medical Assessment Unit (MAU),Wexford General Hospital and evaluated over a period of nine months. Four months into the study the National Suicide Research Foundation (NSRF) was invited to collaboratively prepare a successful submission to the Health Research Board (HRB) as part of ‘Building Partnerships for a Healthier Future Research Awards 2004’. The NSRF undertook independent scientific evaluation of the outcomes of the suicide awareness programme.

The study is in line with priorities determined by Reach Out, the National Strategy for Action on Suicide Prevention 2005-2014 (HSE, 2005) and the HSE-South East Suicide Prevention Programme through raising nursing staff awareness of the public health issue of suicide/deliberate self harm and by improving the efficiency and quality of nursing services offered to persons who present to acute hospitals with deliberate self harm. The study findings indicate evidence to positively support nursing assessment of DSH using a suicide intent scale in terms of assessing behavioural characteristics of individual clients and their suicide risk. Enhanced confidence levels of nursing personnel in caring for suicidal clients was demonstrated by staff who participated in an education programme related to risk assessment and specifically the use of a suicide intent scale.


Date:2006
Call No:FS62, FV24.6
Pages:40 p.
Publisher:Health Service Executive, National Suidice Research Foundation
Place of Publication:Cork
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Accession Number:HRB 4584 (Available)
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Subjects:VA Geographic area > Europe > Ireland
T Demographic characteristics > Nurse
F Concepts in psychology > Specific attitude and behaviour > self-destructive behaviour
J Health care, prevention and rehabilitation > Risk and needs assessment
J Health care, prevention and rehabilitation > Health related prevention > Health information and education
J Health care, prevention and rehabilitation > Health care programme or facility > Hospital
MP-MR Policy, planning, economics, work and social services > Programme planning, implementation, and evaluation

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