Year: 1991 Source: Nursing Management, v.22, no.9, (September 1991), p.14 & 17 SIEC No: 19911109

This article details a number of judicial cases involving the suicides of hospitalized psychiatric patients, in order to make nurses aware of liability issues. Two cases involving negligence – one of the changing status of a patient, & one of the lack of monitoring of a patient – are described. A California case in which a patient told his psychiatrist he was going to murder someone, & then did, is also outlined.