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Fire safety may trump ligature risk, but surveyors likely will want both

Healthcare Life Safety Compliance, February 23, 2020

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by A.J. Plunkett (aplunkett@decisionhealth.com)

During this year’s Executive Briefings in Chicago, The Joint Commission’s (TJC) newest engineering director, Herman A. McKenzie, MBA, CHSP, told hospital leadership that life safety (LS) trumps ligature risk. But be prepared to not have a choice.

Adhering to requirements in the Life Safety Code® must always take precedence over everything else, including security and ligature risk, says Brad Keyes, CHSP, owner of Keyes Life Safety Compliance.
Suicide prevention, however, is still a requirement, notes Ernest E. Allen, ARM, CSP, CPHRM, CHFM, patient safety executive with The Doctor's Company and a former TJC life safety surveyor. “CMS and Joint Commission are still focusing on ligature risks on surveys,” Allen warns.

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