Completed suicide in medical/surgical patients: Who is at risk?

@article{Bostwick2007CompletedSI,
  title={Completed suicide in medical/surgical patients: Who is at risk?},
  author={John Michael Bostwick and Sandra J. Rackley},
  journal={Current Psychiatry Reports},
  year={2007},
  volume={9},
  pages={242-246}
}
Factors contributing to patients killing themselves while admitted to general hospital medical/surgical (med/surg) units have not been well described. These rare yet devastating suicides appear to have characteristics distinguishing them from suicides in psychiatric inpatients. This article emphasizes the importance of both agitation and readily available lethal means in suicides that are almost invariably impulsive. It also emphasizes how traditional risk factors such as past history of… 
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