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Ligature and/or Suicide Risk Reduction - Inpatient Psychiatric Units - Door Alarms

Are over-the-door alarms required to be used on patient bedroom doors from the corridor?

Any examples are for illustrative purposes only.

The Joint Commission neither discourages nor promotes the use of these devices. If an organization chooses to use such devices, the organization must ensure the devices are installed, maintained, and tested per Manufacturer's Instructions for Use.  

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