NHRMC and PMH staff who have patient contact (both clinical and non-clinical) have been assigned a new CBL on ‘Identifying Ligature Risks’ that could be used by suicidal patients. You are required to complete this CBL by April 5, 2019.
Psychiatric patients requiring medical care in a non-psychiatric setting (medical inpatient units, ED, ICU, etc.) must be protected when demonstrating suicidal thoughts or plans to harm others.
The presence of ligature risks in the physical environment of a psychiatric patient compromises the patient’s safety. This is particularly an issue for a patient with suicidal thoughts or plan. A ligature risk (point) is defined as anything which could be used to attach a cord, rope, or other material for the purpose of hanging or strangulation. Ligature risks (points) include, but are not limited to: shower rails, coat hooks, pipes, radiators, bed railings, window/door frames, ceiling fittings, handles, hinges and closures.
Although all risks cannot be eliminated in a medical setting, we must identify those patients who are at risk of self harm and take steps to minimize those risks.
ALL STAFF WHO ENTER A PATIENT’S ROOM SHOULD KNOW HOW TO IDENTIFY A LIGATURE RISK .
Please check your NetLearning to complete the CBL “Identifying Ligature Risks FY19” and complete before April 5, 2019.
If you have any questions, please contact Billie Robinson in Patient Safety at 667-7573 or Laura Speary in Environmental Safety at 343-2541.