Asylum "suicide" tag

1900 -1935 in England

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'Suicide tag' used to give an individual nurse responsibility for a suicidal patient
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"Suicide tag" used to give an individual nurse responsibility for a suicidal patient

This ‘suicide tag’ was used at Suffolk District Asylum between 1900 and 1935. It gave an individual nurse responsibility for a suicidal patient. Tags were handed over at the end of every shift to the next nurse on duty. This ensured continuous observation of the patient. The tag is made of brass. It is embossed with the name of the institution and the words, ‘This patient is not to be left’ and ‘No.41’. The number could mean 40 similar labels existed. This would indicate a significant number of vulnerable patients at risk within the Hospital.


Psychology, Psychiatry & Anthropometry
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East Suffolk Health Authority

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