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Ligature and/or Suicide Risk Reduction - Ligature-resistant Products

Does The Joint Commission recommend specific ligature-resistant products ?

Any examples are for illustrative purposes only.

No, The Joint Commission does not recommend products. Organizations are required to do the following: comply with the Recommendations for Suicide Prevention in Healthcare Settings, conduct a risk assessment of the environment, determine which products to appropriately install (based on manufacturers' instructions), and ensure that they are functioning properly to maintain ligature resistance.

Ligature resistant is defined as: without points where a cord, rope, bedsheet, or other fabric/material can be looped or tied to create sustainable point of attachment that may result in self-harm or loss of life.

See also FAQ Titled "Is there a height requirement in order to consider something a "ligature risk"?"

Additional Resource
Suicide Prevention Portal
Manual: Critical Access Hospital
Chapter: National Patient Safety Goals NPSG
Last reviewed by Standards Interpretation: February 01, 2022 Represents the most recent date that the FAQ was reviewed (e.g. annual review).
First published date: December 20, 2018 This Standards FAQ was first published on this date.
This page was last updated on February 01, 2022 with update notes of: Review only, FAQ is current Types of changes and an explanation of change type: Editorial changes only: Format changes only. No changes to content. | Review only, FAQ is current: Periodic review completed, no changes to content. | Reflects new or updated requirements: Changes represent new or revised requirements.

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