suicide proofing

suicide proofing2016-11-16T21:08:44+00:00

suicide proofing 


A term of art* referring to the efforts by a hospital, prison, or other institutions to prevent suicide by individuals in their care, by removing hazards that could be used to commit suicide

*Analogous to water-proofing, baby-proofing, etc. 

Suicide proofing manoeuvres 

• Removing sharp objects–to prevent cutting of arteries

• Removing rope, cords, belts–to prevent hanging

• Limiting access to overdose-prone medications to single dose containers


and removing the TV–to prevent being bored to death

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