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Table 2 Characteristics of suicide attempts

From: Characteristics of patients presenting post-suicide attempt to an Academic Medical Center Emergency Department in Lebanon

(N = 108) No. (%)
Mechanism used
 Prescription medications 65 (61.3)
 Over-the-counter drugs 29 (27.9)
 Self-laceration 11 (10.1)
 Otherb 7 (6.5)
 Non-ingestible substancesc 6 (5.5) 
Location of attempta
 Home 100 (93.5)
 Otherd 7 (6.5)
Day of the week attempt
 Week day 77 (71.3)
 Weekend 31 (28.7)
Concomitant alcohol abuse 15 (14.2)
Concomitant drug abuse 6 (5.7)
Previous attempt
 At least one previous attempt 38 (35.2)
Time interval between two consecutive attemptsa
 Days (< 7 days) 2 (6.5)
 Weeks (≥ 7 days and < 4 weeks) 2 (6.5)
 Months (≥ 4 weeks and < 12 months) 13 (41.9)
 Years (≥ 12 months) 14 (45.2)
  1. a Variables with missing values
  2. b 3 attempted jumping from a lethal height, 1 firearm suicide, 1 attempted drowning, and 2 from pesticide ingestion
  3. c 2 attempts of swallowing bleach, 1 of soap, and 3 of unknown cleaning substances
  4. d 1 in a car, 1 at boyfriend’s house, 1 at sea, 1 at a hotel, and 3 at work)