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Anti ligature TV enclosure for patient safety.

Anti ligature TV enclosure uses.

Behavioral health units are a sector that are adapting anti ligature TV enclosures as part of their standard structure, to prevent patient self-harm and at the same time reducing attacks on fellow patients and medical staff.

Our duty of care.

Patient safety in these units is foremost, we have to attend to their delicate state of mind and keep them in a calm state. This is why when one of these units is being designed, everything in the patients rooms are designed with anti-ligature in mind, from the door hinges, door handles, beds and even televisions, hence the look at the anti ligature TV enclosure.

Imagine the ramifications if someone self-harmed on a part of the mental health unit that did not comply with the anti-ligature rules set out in the patient care guidelines?

TV protection using an anti ligature TV enclosure.

anti ligature TV enclosureThese protective solutions are used so people who are unstable cannot access any point on the TV and use it as an anchor to loop material around the TV and attempt to hang themselves. This is why DOOH USA are the only company to offer an anti ligature TV enclosure that has sloping sides on all 4 sides, eliminating anyone looping material around the housing in an attempt to harm themselves. The material just slides off the sides, this patent pending design are unique only to DOOH USA.

Other units on the market only have the sloped on the top and bottom, yet material can still be looped around the housing and patients can harm themselves on these other units.
Another issue is sound, as this can be a major disruption to fellow patients, one patient may like to the TV loud, others may like it quiet, so the easiest way around this is that the nursing staff can control the volume of the televisions using a remote control, due to the unique technology within the anti ligature TV enclosure.

anti ligature TV enclosure compared against competition

Consequences of not protecting patients and staff.

Now imagine for a moment, that a patient does harm themselves, because they can loop material around the TV, who is responsible? Not only legally, but morally, could you live with yourself for the rest of your life, knowing your actions assisted someone to die?
Another scenario is if a patient smashed the viewing window of the housing, and uses the broken the window to attack fellow patients and medical staff. Again, could you live with yourself?

The above seem extremes, yet this has happened!

Last point to ponder.

Consider the depth of the housing, if the screen is too near the viewing window and a heavy object is thrown at the television, the screen’s flex can damage the surface of the TV set and cause the TV to fail, and you need to have a minimum of 2” gap between the window and the TV set. Not just for patient protection, these protective housings also safeguard the hardware from damage.

Hopefully, this article has been useful for anyone considering using an anti ligature TV enclosure in their facility.