Year: 2006 Source: Suicide and Life-Threatening Behavior, v.36, no.3, (June 2006), p.302-312 SIEC No: 20060829

This study examines the medical management of drug self-poisoning in industrialized countries & its possible contribution to suicide prevention. Literature was reviewed to determine the proportion of self-poisoning suicides that reach hospital alive, & whether there are specific aspects of pre-hospital care & in-hospital management that have the potential to improve survival. It is possible that other interventions may improve outcomes but their potential contribution to suicide prevention needs to be investigated further. (44 refs)