Behavioral Health Solutions
Despite increased efforts to identify suicide risk among hospital patients, Joint Commission-accredited facilities report about 85 suicides every year. These sentinel events caused surveyors to place additional emphasis on ligature risks in 2017—not only in psychiatric hospitals, but also certain areas within general hospitals, including emergency departments.
Each observation of a ligature or self-harm risk is documented as a requirement for improvement (RFI), with a 60-day window to achieve compliance. While The Joint Commission (TJC) sometimes grants time extensions, officials have said that ligature-related RFIs are never appropriate for extension.
TJC recommends hospitals reference the Design Guide for the Built Environment of Behavioral Health Facilities, a 114-page resource with design and equipment recommendations to protect patients and caregivers. Sizewise products are featured in the Guide and trusted by Joint Commission-accredited hospitals nationwide.
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