Suicides in Psychiatric Wards to be Reported

As of March 1, 2005, nursing staff will be required to report all incidents of suicide to The National Board of Health and Welfare.

According to current regulations, only ”serious events” within healthcare must be reported and unless the hospital believes staff made an error in patient care, suicide is not classified under this heading. Suicides among patients in psychiatric clinics happen several times a year.

This week, Swedish Olympic gold medal winner in wrestling, Mikael Ljungberg, was found dead after committing suicide in a west coast psychiatric hospital.  An internal investigation at the hospital has now been completed and Ljungberg’s care was not deemed to be inadequate.