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US Patent # RE42,991 & RE44,039 November 2017 
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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.

About Us 

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.  

TODAY is: 
National Veteran Standout Day


President Trump recently made November Veterans and Military Families Month. In conjunction with this announcement, the VA has been conducting veteran-focused activities all week. VA Secretary David Shulkin stated: “Veterans Day has a special place in the lives not only of our Veterans, but for all citizens as we pay tribute to the service of those past and present who have contributed so much to our nation’s history. President Trump has proclaimed, for the first time, that November is Veterans and Military Families Month and we are seeing nationwide events that will showcase Veterans.”

VA announced several key activities this week in connection with President Trump’s proclamation of November as Veterans and Military Families month.

November 9th – Today - is National Veteran Standout Day, where we will see Veterans nationwide wearing an article of clothing, pins or hats that commemorate their service. Secretary Shulkin will lead ground-breaking on the National WWI Memorial in Washington D.C.’s Pershing Park at 11 a.m. on Nov. 9. Veterans from every era since WWI will be on hand.

November 10th is a federal holiday in honor of Veterans, and throughout the day nationwide speaking events will highlight their service. Also on that day, the nation observes the U.S. Marine Corps birthday. On Veterans Day, Nov. 11, the highlight of the day is the annual Arlington National Cemetery Veterans Day ceremony, this year led by Vice President Mike Pence. The full list of events for Veterans and Military Families month, click here
 
The Door Switch wants to extend a heartfelt 'Thank You' to our Veterans, who represent our country with honor and grace.  We continue the fight for more awareness and provide additional resources to dispel the myths about mental health issues and solutions for safety issues, and we do it in part for our Veterans. 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                                                                                    

11772 Westline Industrial Drive
Saint Louis, MO 63146
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