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Doors and videos: Joint Commission offers more ligature prevention clarification

Healthcare Life Safety Compliance, July 1, 2019

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Apparently, The Joint Commission thought that hospitals haven’t gotten the message about ligature prevention.

In a Q&A piece in the May Perspectives issue, The Joint Commission clarified key requirements surrounding facility improvements and design that some hospitals have been confused about. Specifically, it appears that some facilities have been confused about the requirements for locked doors as well as video monitoring of potentially suicidal patients.

“The Joint Commission convened the Suicide Risk Reduction Expert Panel in 2017 and 2018 to provide guidance to customers and surveyors on safeguards to prevent suicide,” the article in Perspectives said. “Since then, it has released risk reduction recommendations from the panel’s discussion of issues related to prevention of suicide in health care settings as well as frequently asked questions about those recommendations.”

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