Clinical Tip of the Week: Documenting for lethality
When documenting for lethality, make sure to include all present and past plans, acts, attempts, ideations, and intention of suicide and/or homicide. Include all corresponding dates, interventions, and results.
Addressing these variables allows you to thoroughly document for safety by assessing intensity, frequency, and duration of symptoms.
Continuous evaluation of lethality is not only beneficial to increase the safety of the patients we serve, but can also aid in substantiating insurance authorizations for higher levels of care and longer lengths of stay.