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US Patent # RE42,991 & RE44,039 May 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.  

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Break the Stigma
                     

May is Mental Health Awareness Month!

Since 1949, Mental Health America and affiliates across the country have led the observance of May is Mental Health Month by reaching millions of people through the media, local events and screenings.

Each year millions of Americans face the reality of living with a mental illness. During May, National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), Mental Health America (MHA) and the rest of the country are raising awareness of mental health.

One in 5 Americans is affected by mental health conditions. But fear and shame cause those affected to remain silent and refuse to seek treatment. This year, the NAMI is promoting the campaign of #curestigma to help raise awareness of the devastating diseases that affect so many people.

Mental Health America (MHA) – founded in 1909 – is the nation’s leading community-based non-profit dedicated to helping all Americans achieve wellness by living mentally healthier lives. They are guided by the Before Stage 4 (B4Stage4) philosophy – that mental health conditions should be treated long before they reach the most critical points in the disease process.

Around the turn of the century, Clifford W. Beers, a Yale Graduate and Wall Street Financier, founded the MHA after he suffered years of subpar treatment for his bipolar disorder.

After attempted to take his own life by jumping out a third story window, Beers ended up in public and private hospitals in Connecticut for the next three years and learned firsthand the deficiencies of inpatient care and the cruel, inhumane treatment people with mental illnesses received. He witnessed and experienced horrific abuse at the hands of his caretakers. At one point during his institutionalization, he was placed in a straightjacket for 21 consecutive nights.

Determined to combat this trend of abuse, Beers published his autobiography, A Mind That Found Itself after his release. This book got the attention of the nation and set a reform movement into motion.

On February 19, 1909, Beers, along with philosopher William James and psychiatrist Adolf Meyer, embraced that future by creating the National Committee for Mental Hygiene, later the National Mental Health Association and what we know today as the Mental Health America.
 
For resources and tool kits to help with awareness and prevention, click 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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The Door SwitchTM 
11772 Westline Industrial Drive
St. Louis MO 63146

(877) 998-5625 toll free
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US Patent No. RE42,991 and RE44,039


 US Patent No. RE42,991 & RE44,039                                                                                    

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Saint Louis, MO 63146
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