The National Suicide Prevention Strategy for England (DoH 2002) set the standard that likely ligature anchor points in mental health service in-patient environments must be removed or covered. As a development all Mental health trusts and private care providers complete environmental suicide risk assessments & management plans to mitigate the risks across inpatient areas to ensure patient safety.
Without specific knowledge and training many care providers find it difficult to understand whether the safety products they have fitted are installed correctly and working properly. We have found that poor or incorrect fitting of these products is often the norm with little or no post installation planned preventative maintenance. Over the last twenty years ligature resistant products have developed at pace and many early products fitted have been superseded or are now beyond their useful life.
Our team of experts can provide a detailed safety audit which will:
Make sure to contact the team for more information or to request an audit for your care environment: