What is Anti Ligature?
When planning the construction or anti ligature refurbishment of a bedroom or bathroom for patients suffering from mental illness, it is essential in the design process to eliminate points where a cord, rope, or bed sheet can be looped or tied to a fixture in order to create a point of ligature, which may result in self harm or in extreme cases, loss of life. Unfortunately, many items that would be considered standard for a bedroom or a bathroom pose a risk of ligature and alternate products must be used in order to achieve the same function, yet provide a safe environment for both patients and staff. There are a variety of ways in which we can safeguard against ligature in these areas. They are as follow.
Load Release Anti Ligature
Load Release systems the brackets are magnetic and will securely hold a range of items by magnetic attraction. When an abnormal load is applied the magnetic force is overcome and releases its load. There is no decline in performance and no mechanical restraint, nothing can jam, break or wear out. After a load free incident, all that is required is for the suspended item to be held immediately below the magnets and the system automatically will reattach.
Fixed anti-ligature device remain in place and are required to hold weight or strain such as a hand rail, towel hook, curtain track or a door handle. As these items don’t break free under an abnormal load, the ligature risk is eliminated by designing it in such a way that it is not possible for a cordlike object to be looped or tied around to these supports.
Unique Anti-ligature Fixed Curtain track
Curtains reduce the risk of self-injury and suicide, eg p5 psychiatric clinics and prisons. With curtains, a more normalized environment can be created, they also allow the user to control the light flow or darken the room. Textiles have a great impact on acoustics. Noise is a major problem and can effect health negatively. Our Anti-ligature curtain track provides a safe curtain solution. The curtain rail has a unique and patented design that makes it impossible to use as an attachment point. Mounting with safety screws means that no larger parts can be unloaded, except for the curtain hangers. This means that no loose parts can present a risk of self-injury or are used as weapon to injur health or justice staff.