Management of self-harm

Self-harm refers to any act of self-poisoning or self-injury carried out by a person, irrespective of motivation.1 Paramedics are often the first health professionals in contact with those who self-harm, but their contribution to care of these patients is under-researched. Romeu et al have conducted a cross-sectional questionnaire exploring the experiences of paramedics of caring for people who self- harm.2 Understanding the views of paramedics to caring for patients who self-harm is important as it may determine the quality of care these patients receive. While the response rate of the questionnaire is very low, the paper is important to consider due to the pertinence of the qualitative responses. The study indicates that self-harm is a common presentation seen by paramedics.2 Furthermore, the majority of paramedic respondents indicated that they had not received specific mental health training in their role, and a minority expressed...
Source: Emergency Medicine Journal - Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Tags: Commentary Source Type: research