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Düşünen Adam. 2019; 32(1): -

Suicide by Jumping from a Height in a University Hospital: Two Cases

Ali Ercan Altınöz, Duriye Gizem Tosun Dilci, Ferdi Köşger, Altan Eşsizoğlu.

Suicide among inpatients can be devastating for other patients and hospital staff. Studies show that cases of inpatient suicides in general hospitals receive less attention than cases of inpatient suicide in psychiatric hospitals. Studies on cases of inpatient suicide in general hospitals are usually in the form of case reports or case series, and potential risk factors such suicides are unknown. Many significant differences are reported between inpatient suicides in general hospitals and inpatient suicides in psychiatry clinics. Here we report two cases of completed suicide after jumping from a height while receiving inpatient treatment at a University Hospital. Because serious physical illnesses are frequently accompanied by psychiatric disorders that increase suicide risk, measures should be taken to prevent inpatient suicides in hospitals admitting patients with physical illnesses. Hospitals should keep regular records about inpatients who attempt suicide or die by suicide during their treatment in the hospital or during treatment breaks, because this would provide valuable data to examine and prevent cases of inpatient suicide.

Key words: suicide, general hospital, inpatient suicide, jumping from a height,

Article Language: Turkish English

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