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
Last updated on February 22, 2021
Manual: Hospital and Hospital Clinics
Chapter: National Patient Safety Goals NPSG

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