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

National Suicide
Prevention Awareness Month


September is National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month.  Suicide is often the result of an untreated mental health condition. Each year, more than 41,000 individuals die by suicide, leaving behind questions, regret, shame, and stigma.  Suicide is often the result of more serious mental issues. This awareness month was created to help share resources and stories in an effort to de-stigmatize this topic and help those suffering from this disease.
Suicide and attempted suicides are a huge problem in our country. Consider the following harsh statistics:

In the year 2014, in the United States, 1,069,325 people attempted suicide. A suicide attempt takes place every 30 seconds. Every 12.3 minutes, one of them succeeds.

For young people (15 to 24 years old) the statistics are even worse, surpassing adult rates.

There has been a 200 percent rise in teen suicide rates since the 1950’s, and the numbers continue to grow.

(Statistics courtesy of the American Association Of Suicidology.)

Suicide is a tragedy for the person suffering as well as the family.  On average, there are 750,000 people a year whose lives are directly impacted by the suicide of a loved one.

In his book, Waking Up Alive, psychologist Richard Heckler describes the interviews of 50 individuals who attempted suicide and lived to tell the tale. This collection of recovery stories offer hope and wisdom for those who do suffer with this disease.  For more information on this resource and others, 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 continue to be committed to better practices and procedures in mental health community.  For information concerning our safety product, please click here


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St. Louis MO 63146

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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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