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Ligature and/or Suicide Risk Reduction - Inpatient Psychiatric Units - Patient Transport

If patients are transported to another location (such as another building for programming), does that building/space need to be ligature resistant ?

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Patients who are currently at high risk for suicide should remain in a ligature resistant environment. If a patient who is at high risk for suicide enters another unit/area/building that contains ligature and other safety risks, continuous monitoring with the ability to immediately intervene through the use of 1:1 observation - 1 qualified staff member to 1 high risk patient – is required. A qualified staff member is one that has been trained and has demonstrated competence in working with suicidal patients and performing 1:1 observation. 

Additional Resource:
Suicide Prevention Portal
Last updated on February 19, 2021
Manual: Behavioral Health
Chapter: National Patient Safety Goals NPSG

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