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Reducing the Risk of Suicide -Physical Environment Modifications

By April 2, 2019On the Radar

Organizations continue to work on identifying risks created by the physical environment that may contribute to suicides. Selecting the right equipment and parts to reduce ligature points can be overwhelming.   On March 11.2019, the New York State Office of Mental Health released its 21st Edition of their Patient Safety Standards, Materials and Systems Guidelines. This reference tool is designed to serve as a resource and provides an inventory of supplies that by design should reduce risk of patient harm on psychiatric units or rooms.

 

The latest edition can be found at: https://www.omh.ny.gov/omhweb/patient_safety_standards/

 

 

Patricia Cook

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