Hospital Safety Center
By: A. J. Plunkett
November 17, 2019
While The Joint Commission (TJC) clarified that it does not expect all patient care rooms in general acute or emergency department settings to be ligature free, your staff still needs to remove possible items for self-harm from a room if the patient occupying it is considered to be at risk.
Ligature risk tops the list of problems cited by TJC surveyors under one of the most frequently cited standards, EC.02.06.01, on establishing a safe and functional environment for patients.