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US Patent # RE42,991 & RE44,039 September 2019 
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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.

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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.  

SEPTEMBER 8th-14th 2019  
Suicide Prevention Week
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September is National Suicide Prevention Month. All month, mental health advocates, prevention organizations, survivors, allies, and community members unite to promote suicide prevention awareness.

National Suicide Prevention Week is the Monday through Sunday, September 8th-14th surrounding World Suicide Prevention Day, September 10th. It’s a time to share resources and stories, as well as promote suicide prevention awareness.

Approximately 45% of suicide victims had contact with primary care providers within one month of suicide. Grantees want and need to know where to turn for trusted resources, training materials for their workforce, and information for the patients they serve.

Here are some resources, including 24-hour crisis lines and technical assistance materials:



The Lifeline provides free, confidential emotional support and referrals to people in suicidal crisis or emotional distress, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week (SAMHSA-funded).





If you’re a Veteran in crisis or Service member in crisis — or you're concerned about one — there are caring, qualified VA responders standing by to help 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
 


According to the Centers for Disease Prevention, the construction industry has the highest rate of suicide, as well as the highest number of suicides across all industries. To combat these statistics, contractors, unions, associations, and service providers must work together to STAND up for suicide prevention.

Effective suicide prevention requires multiple approaches.

For additional resources click 
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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 the mental health community. For information concerning our safety product, please click here

Sincerely,

The Door SwitchTM  
THE DOOR SWITCHTM IS REFERENCED IN THE OMH DESIGN GUIDE

The Door Switch™ is referenced in the OMH Guidelines! Click below to view its recommendations.
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See page 35 of the OHM official Patient Safety Standards Guidelines here.



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

(877) 998-5625 toll free
info@thedoorswitch.com




US Patent No. RE42,991 and RE44,039


 US Patent No. RE42,991 & RE44,039                                                                                    

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