FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: In their recent April 2019 edition of the Door Security and Safety Magazine, DHI centered its topics on creating safety and better behavioral health facilities. DHI is an association proudly serving door security and safety professionals, and the dynamic companies they represent, in the non-residential construction industry. Diana Oller wrote an article, titled Preventing Suidices in Behavioral Health Facilities. In this article, she quotes a client who wished to remain anonymous on a real-life experience with the Door Switch product in a brief question and answer format.
Q. How many Doors does your facility currently have covered with The Door Switch?
A. We currently have 22 doors covered with The Door Switch in our VA behavioral health unit.
Q. Why did your facility choose a top of the door alarm?
A. We had chosen a top of the door alarm to assist in ensuring the safety of the unit. We have a 34-bed unit and do 15-minute safety rounding on all patients, so there is plenty of time between checks for patients to potentially hurt themselves. This assists in mitigating some of the between-rounds concerns.
Q. How many attempted sentinel events have happened, by means of the top of the door, since the installation of The Door Switch?
A. Since installation of The Door Switch in 2016, we have had three attempts by the use of the top of the door (two in 2018).
Q. Can you describe what The Door Switch does, how it operates and the benefits it provides?
A. The Door Switch alerts staff immediately if there is something placed over the top of the door. An audible alarm will identify the hallway where an event is taking place, which sends our staff in a direction. A strobe light is placed above the top of the door which helps us identify the room immediately. The keyed lock cylinders, located outside of the room, have been painted to match the color of the amber lens on the strobe light. All staff have been trained on how to appropriately address concerns and the process for resetting the alarm.
The enabled event log will provide us documentation that will assist in identifying our high-risk patients. It will also create a time stamp showing when something was placed over the door, when the staff responded and when we turned off the hallway alarm. This provides us downloadable and printable reports, to keep on file.
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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.