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

This Holiday Season
 Find New Ways to Help Our Veterans

The holidays can be a difficult time for some, especially our veterans who may or may not have families to spend time with. We can brighten their days and holiday seasons by volunteering our time or making a gift or cash donation.

More often, veterans want to spend time with someone during this time of year. By calling a local USO branch or area Armed Services Recruiter, we can find out the local donation programs available.

We can also contact a local Veterans Association residential home or hospital. Often times there are multiple older vets who either are hospitalized or in residence, without family or friends around to keep them company within the holidays. Most of these centers plan fundraisers where you can further help. 

Another option is to reach out to local military hospitals where disabled vets are in recovery. Typically there are pre-determined donation lists consisting of typical things which service members may need to aid in their recovery such as blankets, gloves, DVD’s, cookies and home baked goods, socks, and much more.

One program called the Combined Federal Campaign offers ways the federal civilian, postal and military employees can make pledges made by Federal civilian, postal and military donors during the campaign season (September 1st to December 15th) in order to support eligible non-profit organizations that provide health and human service benefits throughout the world.

Another program is Wreaths Across America, where each December volunteers coordinate wreath-laying ceremonies at Arlington National Cemetery, in locations nationwide, at sea, and abroad.

For more information about how to help a veteran this holiday season, click here. 

Happy Holidays!

The Door SwitchTM



The Door SwitchTM 
11772 Westline Industrial Drive
St. Louis MO 63146

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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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