Addressing Ligature and Suicide Risks in Healthcare Facilities
This white paper addresses the ligature risks surveyors look for in healthcare facilities and how to conduct ligature risk assessmenst in various environments.
Patient suicide ranks among the top three sentinel events, reports The Joint Commission (TJC).
With that in mind, surveyors are taking a hard look at ligature risks, items and risk points that may be used for hanging, strangulation, or attempt of self-harm. It’s important o understand what surveyors will assess when they walk into a healthcare facility Regardless on the patient care location, a ligature risk assessment should be conducted on the environment.