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?