University of Iowa hospitals consider barriers on parking ramps to prevent suicides

The University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics (UIHC) is considering installing barriers around parking ramps in the wake of a series of suicides and suicide attempts by people jumping from the upper decks, The Gazette reports. UIHC is striving for "peaceful distractions" in the parking garage area, which could also include artwork or educational displays, according to co-Chief Operating Officer Scott Turner. The system's considerations come as Iowa's suicide rate fluctuates, according to the article. While it hovered around 11 deaths per 100,000 people in the previous two decades, it was 13.4 last year. The state paid $250,000 this year to the family of a UIHC patient who jumped to his death from a ramp in 2009 during a stay for severe depression. Article

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