Ligatures 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.


This FAQ was also published in the Perspectives® Newsletter, January  2019, Volume 39, Issue 1 - The Official Newsletter of The Joint Commission.
Last updated on March 19, 2020
Manual: Hospital and Hospital Clinics
Chapter: National Patient Safety Goals NPSG

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