Year: 2007 Source: Nursing, v.37, no.2, (February 2007), p.24 SIEC No: 20100656

A question is posed about how to care for a 35-year-old homeless man with end-stage AIDS who has expressed suicide ideation. The respondent provides suggestions such as referrals to support services, assessment of the patient for depression & level of suicide risk, interventions such as a safety screening of his room, & further psychological assessment. It is also suggested nurses become familiar with the facility’s policies & procedures for caring for a suicidal patient, both for the patient’s safety & their own risk management.