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Ligature and/or Suicide Risk Reduction - Prohibited items on an Inpatient Psychiatric Unit

Are there specific items that should not be allowed to be brought on an inpatient psychiatric unit ?

Any examples are for illustrative purposes only.

No, The Joint Commission does not determine the items to be prohibited from an inpatient psychiatric unit. Items that are prohibited to be brought into organizations, due to the risk of harm to self or others, should be determined by the organization. Compliance of such safety measures is based upon organizational policies/procedures, individual care plans, and applicable state rules or regulations.

This FAQ was also published in the Perspectives® Newsletter, January 2018, Volume 39, Issue 1 - The Official Newsletter of The Joint Commission.

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