Ligature and/or Suicide Risk Reduction - Inpatient Psychiatric Units - Shower Curtains

What type of shower curtains are allowable in an inpatient psychiatric unit ?

Any examples are for illustrative purposes only.

The Joint Commission will not advise or recommend any particular type of shower curtain, but shower curtains are considered a risk. The expectation is that shower curtains should be noted on an environmental risk assessment and the organization must have a mitigation plan for monitoring any high-risk patients near the curtain or area where this 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 22, 2021
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