Self harm and the emergency department

From the BMJ:

… people who treat me with dignity and compassion help me more than they realise.

Self harm can be a way to try to find control, so it’s important you avoid taking more control away

What you should know

  • Don’t let the cause or frequency of harm affect care; assess pain and offer analgesia

  • Avoid “all or nothing” approaches, where turning down suggested treatment means being turned away

  • A lack of control can contribute to self harm; involve patients in decisions and facilitate self care

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