Two New Suicide Safety FAQs

by Expert Advice

Two New Suicide Safety FAQs

by Expert Advice

by Expert Advice

This month’s edition of Perspectives contains no new hospital industry mandates that readers have to implement. But, it does provide clarity on two new suicide safety FAQ’s. TJC posted both on their TJC website.

Suicide Safety FAQs

The first FAQ covers video monitoring of individuals identified at high risk for suicide. They make it clear that video monitoring is not an acceptable substitute for 1:1 direct visual monitoring of these individuals.  The only exception is if it poses a safety threat to the sitter when they watch the patient directly and visually in close proximity. If this is the case, the electronic sitter must have only one task assigned. And, that task is continuous monitoring of the video screen. In addition, if the patient attempts self-injury, the sitter must be able to:

  • Provide immediate intervention
  • Obtain immediate intervention

Self Closing Doors

The second FAQ discusses recommendation #1 from the task force. This covers self-closing and self-locking doors.

The doors must be self-closing and self-locking. TJC makes it clear, this is not a choice. In fact, the doors must be both. They need to keep patients from wandering into spaces that are not ligature safe while unsupervised.

Patton Healthcare Consulting

Patton Healthcare Consulting provides Joint Commission Compliance Assistance and a full range of pre-survey and post survey services including patient suicide prevention assessments.

Contact our office at 888-742-4621, via email or through our website contact page to schedule a discussion of your needs and learn more about our compliance and readiness expertise.

Patton Healthcare Consulting provides Joint Commission Compliance Assistance and a full range of pre-survey and post survey services including patient suicide prevention.


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