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US Patent # RE42,991 & RE44,039 April 2018 
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What is a Sentinel Event?

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What is a Sentinel Event? 




The Joint Commission defines sentinel events as occurrences to patients in medical facilities “…involving death or serious physical or psychological injury, or the risk thereof." As you will note from the pie chart above, patient suicides are a comparatively frequent sentinel event identified by The Joint Commission. The Door SwitchTM was developed to mitigate the most common method of suicide employed in medical facilities—hanging using a door as a ligature point.

Please visit The Joint Commission for more information on sentinel events.

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The Door SwitchTM is the original top-of-the door ligature attempt warning system and holds U.S. Patents RE 42,991 and RE 44,039. We have been serving mental health professionals since 2006.

Each Door SwitchTM is a pressure sensor activated by approximately one to two pounds of downward pressure applied to the top, rather than the face (front or back surfaces), of the door. With system activation at the top of the door, ligature devices applied from either side of the door result in system alerts. Hospital staff are notified of system alerts by a combination of audible alarms, strobes, and door identification provided at a keypad typically located at a nurses’ station. The system utilizes proven Honeywell electronic components, including the Honeywell Vista 128BPT panel as the controller.

The Honeywell Vista 128BPT control panel provides an event log that records the times and dates of 512 events. The controller records the application of pressure to one of the system’s Door SwitchesTM, the removal of that pressure, and the turning of a key switch to silence the alarm. Logged events can be viewed from the keypad or downloaded to a computer and printed.

The Door SwitchTM has been installed in mental health facilities across the country. We are proud to state that we have many satisfied mental health facility clients and can provide you with their contact information for reference purposes.

For additional information, a demonstration of The Door SwitchTM, or a free quote, please call or email us.  

 Expert Panel Provides New Recommendations for
Preventing Inpatient Suicide

              

Joint Commission Special Report: In the latter part of 2017, The Joint Commission assembled an expert panel with representatives from various behavioral health organizations, as well as experts in suicide prevention and design and conducted two meetings to discuss the risk posed by specific potential ligature risk points. A formal consensus process was used to develop the recommendations, which addressed only the most debated and contentious issues related to environmental hazards.
The developed the following recommendations for inpatient acute mental health units:

1.) Inpatient psychiatric units, in both psychiatric hospitals and general/acute care settings, must be ligature-resistant in the following areas:
o Patient rooms
o Patient bathrooms
o Corridors
o Common patient care areas

2.) Nursing stations with an unobstructed view (so that a patient attempt at self-harm at the nursing station would be easily seen and interrupted) and areas behind self-closing/self-locking doors do not need to be ligature-resistant and will not be cited for ligature risks.

3.) In inpatient psychiatric units, in both psychiatric hospitals and general/acute care settings, the doors between patient rooms and hallways must contain ligature-resistant hardware which includes, but may not be limited to, hinges, handles, and locking mechanisms.

The panel recommended the term “ligature-resistant” rather than the term “ligature-free” because they did not think it possible to remove all the potential ligature risk points. The panel adopted this definition of ligature resistant: “Without points where a cord, rope, bedsheet, or other fabric/material can be looped or tied to create a sustainable point of attachment that may result in self-harm or loss of life.”

For more information on the specific recommendations, read here.

The Door Switch wants to continue the fight for more awareness and provide additional resources to dispel the myths about mental health issues and solutions for safety issues. We also continue to strive to provide a product that keeps the hospital environment safe. We continue to be committed to better practices and procedures in mental health community. For information concerning our safety product, please click here

Sincerely,

The Door SwitchTM  

 

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US Patent No. RE42,991 and RE44,039


 US Patent No. RE42,991 & RE44,039                                                                                    

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