Increased Precautions We're Taking in Response to COVID-19

LAST UPDATED ON 12/17/2020

As updates on the impact of the coronavirus continue to be released, we want to take a moment to inform you of the heightened preventative measures we have put in place at Montecatini Eating Disorder Treatment Center to keep our patients, their families, and our employees safe. All efforts are guided by and in adherence to the recommendations distributed by the CDC.

Please note that for the safety of our patients, their families, and our staff, on-site visitation is no longer allowed at Montecatini Eating Disorder Treatment Center.

  • This restriction has been implemented in compliance with updated corporate and state regulations to further reduce the risks associated with COVID-19.
  • Options for telehealth visitation are continuously evaluated so that our patients can remain connected to their loved ones.
  • Alternate methods of communication for other services may be offered when deemed clinically appropriate.

For specific information regarding these changes and limitations, please contact us directly.

CDC updates are consistently monitored to ensure that all guidance followed is based on the latest information released.

  • All staff has received infection prevention and control training.
  • Thorough disinfection and hygiene guidance has been provided.
  • Patient care supplies such as masks and hand sanitizer are being monitored and utilized.
  • Temperature and symptom screening protocols are in place for all patients and staff.
  • Social distancing strategies have been implemented to ensure that patients and staff maintain proper distance from one another at all times.
  • Cleaning service contracts have been reviewed for additional support.
  • Personal protective equipment items are routinely checked to ensure proper and secure storage.
  • CDC informational posters are on display to provide important reminders on proper infection prevention procedures.
  • We are in communication with our local health department to receive important community-specific updates.

The safety of our patients, their families, and our employees is our top priority, and we will remain steadfast in our efforts to reduce any risk associated with COVID-19.

The CDC has provided a list of easy tips that can help prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue and then immediately dispose of the tissue.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Clean and disinfect objects and surfaces that are frequently touched.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Stay home when you are sick, except to get medical care.

For detailed information on COVID-19, please visit https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html

The Link Between Anorexia and Suicide

Anorexia has the greatest mortality rate of any psychological disorder, but the medical effects of low body weight are not the only cause of death. Suicide is also a danger.

According to the University of Maryland Medical Center, suicide is the cause of death for as many as half of anorexia sufferers, surpassing the number of deaths from starvation. The Medical Center also reports that up to one in five anorexics attempt suicide while they have the disorder.

Researchers have found that when a person with anorexia decides to end their life, they will often use a highly lethal method that will guarantee death. A study completed by researchers at the University of Vermont and reported in Time indicates that anorexics attempt suicide because they have a genuine desire to die and not because they are seeking attention. Jill Holm-Denoma, lead author of the study, states that one of the defining characteristics of anorexia is a wish to die.

The study analyzed the cases of nine anorexics who had committed suicide and found that the patients isolated themselves before taking their own lives, apparently to reduce the chances of receiving life-saving help. The suicide methods used by the test cases included jumping in front of a moving train, ingesting poison, drug overdose, carbon monoxide poisoning and hanging. The methods had little to do with the anorexics’ eating disorder and could have ended anyone’s life.

One of the most striking aspects of this statistic is that between 85 and 95 percent of people with anorexia are women, yet among the general population men are four times more likely to commit suicide. The implication is that women with anorexia are far more likely to attempt and succeed in committing suicide.

An earlier study completed at Harvard University concluded that women with anorexia have self-destructive tendencies that lead them to abuse alcohol and drugs as well as attempt suicide. It has also been suggested that anorexics become accustomed to pain and immune to the fear of death. Between 25 and 50 percent of anorexics engage in self-harm practices like cutting and self-induced vomiting.

According to Holm-Denoma, “Anorexia is one of the most serious psychiatric problems our society faces. Our work shows even further that more needs to be done to prevent it.” Until more is known about how to prevent anorexia, treatment providers and family members of anorexics must be on the alert for signs of suicide among patients who are suffering from eating disorders. Addressing the underlying psychiatric issues of anorexics should take priority even over their issues with food.