Project Type: Design Regulations
The Joint Commission has placed an added emphasis on the assessment of ligature, suicide, and self-harm observations during their facility surveys, including non-behavioral health units designated for the treatment of psychiatric patients such as Emergency Departments. This comes at a time when there is an increase in behavioral issues occurring within hospital emergency departments. As a result many hospitals are developing dedicated “safe rooms” that are ligature-resistant or that can be made ligature-resistant by having a system where fixed equipment can be excluded from the patient care area. Other emergency departments are developing entire behavioral holding sub-units within their emergency departments to segregate patients with behavioral issues from the rest of the emergency patients.
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