Ligatures and/or Suicide Risk Reduction - Emergency Department - Safe Rooms

Does every emergency department need to have a “safe room”?

Any examples are for illustrative purposes only.

No, The Joint Commission does not mandate “safe rooms” in emergency departments. Please also see the FAQ titled "Do we have to assess every patient for suicide risk who comes into the emergency department ?" to understand how patients can be protected during treatment in the emergency department.


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: Critical Access Hospital
Chapter: National Patient Safety Goals NPSG

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