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New hospital opening delayed to fix possible suicide risks

Hospital Safety Insider, March 12, 2008

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A new state psychiatric hospital will delay its opening in part to fix potential suicide risks in the building's design, according to the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services.

Changes at Central Regional Hospital in Butner, NC, include:

  • Modifying handicapped-accessible bathroom grab bars to eliminate potential hanging risks
  • Adding impact-resistant glass panels to openings in three stairwells
  • Enclosing exposed roof-access ladders

A 16-member management team for the hospital decided that the fixes warranted a delayed move-in date, according to The News & Observer in Raleigh, NC. Central Regional's scheduled opening will now be July 1, 2008, instead of May 1.



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