The Healthcare Safety Investigation Branch (HSIB) has released an interim bulletin relating to their investigation on the provision of mental health care to adults in the emergency department. 

The HSIB were made aware of a woman experiencing a mental health crisis who having presented to her GP, ambulance service and the emergency department of her local hospital, subsequently took her own life. The initial investigation reviewed the care pathway of the woman spanning the two years before her death. The full investigation will explore the systemic safety issues highlighted around the assessment and care of adult mental health patients who present at emergency departments.

Interim bulletins are released to share further details of each investigation, including how it’s met HSIB criteria, the history of the event it relates to, the national context and any identified safety issues.

The HSIB launched its first full investigation in July this year, and is now carrying out nine full investigations.

Download the full interim bulletin here