Patient suicide ranks among the top three sentinel events, reports The Joint Commission (TJC), prompting regulators to focus heavily on ligature risks. If many suicide attempts are impulsive, TJC reasons, then reducing environmental risks and opportunities for self-harm is vital for curbing the suicide trend in healthcare settings.

With that in mind, surveyors are taking a hard look at ligatures: potential hanging or choking points in healthcare facilities. This whitepaper addresses these issues and provides vital information for you to utilize in your own healthcare facilities to ensure a smooth survey, and most importantly a safe healing environment.