Ligatures 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 ?

Any examples are for illustrative purposes only.

Patients who are currently at high risk for suicide should remain in a ligature resistant environment. Monitoring of patients leaving the unit for a period of time must protect patients from self-harm.

This FAQ was also published in the Perspectives® Newsletter, July 2018, Volume 38, Issue 7 - The Official Newsletter of The Joint Commission.
Last updated on March 19, 2020
Manual: Behavioral Health
Chapter: National Patient Safety Goals NPSG

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