Woman jumps from balcony in hospital and kills self
Powell jumped from a balcony in the hospital’s main lobby Monday after she broke free from two escorts who were taking her to a secure mental health facility, said Robin Henderson, director of behavioral services at the hospital. ~Bend Bulletin Newspaper~
This is going to bring about all kinds of interesting policy changes there I bet. Which irritates me. I'm all for patient safety, but sometimes you just cannot prevent something bad happening. Especially when the patient has attempted suicide 50 - yes FIFTY times before.
Cindy Powell’s sisters both say her 50 suicide attempts weren’t what they seemed. ~Bend Bulletin Newspaper~
She succeeded this time.
Someone who attempts suicide multiple times and finally plunges off a balcony is not just "looking for help" in my humble opinion.
I took care of a gentleman early in my career that had attempted suicide 4 times - and they were all major attempts. Not just a little pill popping here and there, but serious attempts.
- tried to slash his own neck - nicked one major vessel and was found immediately by his wife
- gunshot to the abdomen. Missed anything major. Found immediately by his wife
- attempted to stab self in heart. Missed. Dug around with the knife in his chest for a little while. Nicked some major vessels but found immediately by his wife
- gunshot to the head when wife finally left him. Used a .22. Wrong angle, bounced off skull and played around under the skin of his head
When you want to go, you want to go.