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

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.  

The Role of Mental Health Nurses: Inspiring Hope  


In a recent article in the Journal called Archives of Psychiatric Nursing, mental health nurses were interviewed about their experiences in dealing with suicidal behavior/ self harm and the emotional challenges that came with caring for patients with suicidal thoughts. The study's findings help increase the knowledge in this field and help explain how mental health nurses deal with the variety of demands on them.

The study was designed to answer two important questions:

1.) How do they experience their skills with regard to recognizing and responding to suicidal behavior/self-harm among patients?

2.) How do they react to suicide and suicidal acts, and deal with the emotional challenges in the care of patients at risk of suicide?

The role of mental health nurses is an increasingly important role in the life and health of acute patients. This study seeks to help increase the knowledge base around this importance. The interviewed nurses reported alertness to patients' suicidal cues, relieving psychological pain and inspiring hope. In fact several nurses described their interactions with suicidal patients were about relieving their psychological pain and inspiring hope, a process which involved helping the patient be more oriented toward the future and life. It also involved gaining a greater understanding of the patient’s life situation and reasons behind their suicidal thoughts.

One nurse in the study stated: “…to try to open some hatches to let in some light, so to speak, I am very engaged in then, when it comes to conversations. Because, if everything is revolving around the sad, terrible, and…then I think we are like taping black bags on the windows, making it even more black. I am a little concerned about trying to open some hatches and then getting in some more light“.

This finding illustrates the importance of drawing attention to life and the possibilities of change. The recovery process is possible. Nurses can help. Also, the study showed the importance of relating to the patients beyond their suicidal thoughts and into their background, history, and life. This type of care requires an experienced mental health nurse and cannot always be achieved with short term help in understaffed hospitals.

Another nurse in the study stated that more education needed to be in place to train mental health nurses to pick up on subtle cues and relate to the patient in this way. To read more findings in this important study, 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


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US Patent No. RE42,991 and RE44,039

 US Patent No. RE42,991 & RE44,039                                                                                    

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