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Are Your Patient Rooms Free from Ligature Risks?

1/21/20
Grainger Editorial Staff

It is increasingly important that all hospitals, emergency rooms and behavioral health facilities conduct ligature risk assessments. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) define a ligature risk (point) as “anything which could be used to create a sustainable attachment point such as a cord, rope, or other material for the purpose of hanging or strangulation.”

Designing hospitals for patients with Behavioral and Mental Health (BMH) conditions requires a holistic approach. Simply protecting patients from physical harm is not enough. All rooms should be assessed for risks to physical and psychological safety and new processes should be implemented as necessary.

Is your facility prepared? 

For behavioral health products that can help behavioral health facilities, EDs and hospitals identify and remove ligature risks, search "ligature resistant" on Grainger.com®.

The information contained in this article is intended for general information purposes only and is based on information available as of the initial date of publication. No representation is made that the information or references are complete or remain current. This article is not a substitute for review of current applicable government regulations, industry standards, or other standards specific to your business and/or activities and should not be construed as legal advice or opinion. Readers with specific questions should refer to the applicable standards or consult with an attorney.

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