January 2021 Newsletter  
Happy New Year 2021!  Our best wishes to all for a happy and healthy new year as we focus on new beginnings, an end to the World Pandemic,  the restoration of our family gatherings, social, spiritual, and community activities, business as usual, and of course dining in our favorite restaurants again.  As we close the door on 2020, we know that life will never completely return to pre-pandemic status, but we hope for the renewal of health and stability for our country and our people.
In this month's newsletter, we've focused on Suicide Prevention as a key prevention strategy as pandemic death, despair and uncertainty have affected so many of the people throughout this country and the world. Chris Pratt and Kimothy Sparks have provided interesting insights on steps healthcare professionals can take to mitigate risks and protect staff and patients. In addition, visit our Quality Academy for a timely presentation on Suicide Prevention and regulatory requirements to ensure safe patient care environments.
Best wishes for a Happy & Healthy New Year!
1:1 Observation for Suicidal Patients:
Does Your Policy Place Staff at Risk?

Protecting patients who are prone to self-harm is an issue that is paramount in healthcare today, especially in extremely busy Emergency Departments. Much research and investigation has gone into the best way to protect individuals who are expressing intent on self-harm, but, are some of these policy inclusions encroaching on the safety of the healthcare provider? Read more.
About the Author -

Kimothy Sparks is an Associate Consultant with over 25 years of experience in healthcare quality, risk, and patient safety. He is responsible for assessing healthcare organizations' readiness for licensing, accreditation, and regulatory compliance, and has assisted multiple organizations in achieving Joint Commission Accreditation. He received an Associate Degree in Nursing, Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice from Eastern Kentucky University, and a Juris Doctorate from The Appalachian School of Law. Read more about Kimothy and our team 

Suicide Prevention: Are You Addressing the Risk? 
January 2021 marks eighteen months since changes were initiated with more focus on NPSG 15.01.01, reducing the risk of suicide. The changes in focus were in response to devastating statistics showing a trend of increasing rates of suicide. Read More  
About the Author -
Christopher Pratt is an Associate Consultant with more than 32 years in clinical and leadership experience working in varying healthcare positions. He retired in 2016 with over 29 years of distinguished service as a U.S. Navy Nurse Corps Officer. Clinically, he is a licensed Registered Nurse with extensive experience in critical care, medical-surgical services, ambulatory care, staff development, nursing administration and quality. Read more about Chris and our team

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