Ligature and/or Suicide Risk Reduction - Inpatient Psychiatric Units - Curtains on Bathroom Doors

Can curtains be used in place of a bathroom door in an inpatient psychiatric unit ?

Any examples are for illustrative purposes only.

If curtains are used in place of a bathroom door, analysis of this risk should be noted on the environmental risk assessment, and the organization must have a mitigation plan for monitoring any high-risk patients near the curtain or area where the risk is present.

This FAQ was also published in the Perspectives® Newsletter, July 2018, Volume 38, Issue 7 - The Official Newsletter of The Joint Commission.
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Last updated on February 19, 2021
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