Year: 1995 Source: Journal of Psychosocial Nursing, v.33, no.5, (May 1995), p.21-25 SIEC No: 19950419

Patient suicide & patient assault on staff is discussed in this article. Reasons why these occurrences may at times be unavoidable are outlined. A protocol for crisis intervention with staff is introduced. Psychological autopsies are compared & contrasted with critical incident stress debriefing. A psychiatric stress debriefing protocol is presented which uses techniques from both the psychological autopsy & critical incident stress debriefing. (19 refs.)