Gun safety management with patients at risk for suicide

Program in Psychiatry and Law, Georgetown University School of Medicine, Washington, DC, USA.
Suicide and Life-Threatening Behavior (Impact Factor: 1.4). 11/2007; 37(5):518-26. DOI: 10.1521/suli.2007.37.5.518
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ABSTRACT Guns in the home are associated with a five-fold increase in suicide. All patients at risk for suicide must be asked if guns are available at home or easily accessible elsewhere, or if they have intent to buy or purchase a gun. Gun safety management requires a collaborative team approach including the clinician, patient, and designated person responsible for removing guns from the home. A call-back to the clinician from the designated person is required confirming that guns have been removed and secured according to plan. The principle of gun safety management applies to outpatients, inpatients, and emergency patients, although its implementation varies according to the clinical setting.

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