FULL-DOOR LIGATURE ALARM

The world's first and only full-door ligature alarm.

When we look at the figures behind inpatient suicides in mental health environments, they paint a stark picture.

  • 90% occur in the patient's bedroom or bathroom 
  • 91% occur under intermittent observations
  • 46% occur using the door or door hardware

These tragic figures suggest that if there's one thing you can do to make the biggest impact on patient safety within your mental health facility, it's selecting the safest doors.

Turning the entire door into a weighing scale, our anti-barricade doorsets with wireless full-door alarm detect vertical loads of over 10kg. 

 

 

INTERESTED IN FINDING OUT MORE?

Call us on 0330 058 0988 or email us at info@safehingeprimera.com

Anti-barricade door with full-door ligature alarm - Wonford House

FULL-DOOR DETECTION

It's not enough for alarms to detect ligature attempts made on the door edges alone. With an invisible built-in sensor, the full-door ligature alarm detects vertical loads of over 10kg applied to any part of the the door.  

ADDRESSING SAFETY ALERTS

ADDRESSING SAFETY ALERTS

When conducting research for the full-door alarm, you told us that door-top alarms only address one high-risk ligature point and patients will be able to identify the next ligature point on the door.

The recent nationwide safety alert made this theory a tragic reality as it reported that a patient had taken their own life by creating a ligature on the latch of their bedroom door. Unfortunately this was was not detected by the door-top alarm installed on the door.

Together, we can help to protect vulnerable people through good design.

Door alarm panel

SUPPORTS CLINICAL OBSERVATIONS

Clinical staff aren't able be everywhere at once. The full-door ligature alarm immediately sends an alert to the nearest nursing station when a ligature is attempted - helping to fill in blind spots between observations.

OPEN DOOR SENSING?

Clinicians told us that false alarms with alternative door alarm systems were common and were often triggered when the patient's door was in an open position (e.g. when the door was leaned upon.)

They also stated that in their experience, 100% of ligature attempts were made on closed doors.

This is backed up by evidence from The National Confidential Inquiry into Suicide and Safety in Mental Health (NCISH) which tells us that there is a direct correlation between patient privacy and self-harm:

  • 90% of ligature attempts occur in the patient's bedroom or bathroom (private space)
  • 91% of these occur under intermittent observations

The greatest risk is therefore when a patient's door is closed. So, based on feedback and evidence, we developed a system that intelligently filters out false alarms and doesn't trigger in the open position.

Door alarm testing

SINGLE SOURCE SUPPLY & INSTALL

From specification right through to ongoing aftercare, the wireless system is managed by us - reducing the number of tradespeople involved and giving you confidence that it's installed and monitored by the very people who designed it! 

ONLINE MONITORING SYSTEM

Along with reduced tradespeople and greater accountability, the fully wireless alarm system has minimal infrastructure - causing less disruption to live wards.

Once installed, the alarm is completely invisible when patients are in their room with the door closed. Helping to create a safe, therapeutic environment that facilitates recovery.

For increased peace of mind, we've also developed a staff dashboard system which allows estates, maintenance and clinical teams to easily monitor all doors where the alarm is installed. 

 

“I am happy to say that the full-door alarm system in the first two months [since install] has prevented two suicides already.  For me that proves the investment is worth it."

Simon Adamson, Deputy Director Estates and Facilities Bradford District Care NHS Trust

 

Screenshot 2020-11-04 at 12.04.47

 

WEBINAR: INTRODUCING LIFESAVING TECHNOLOGY

As part of Design in Mental Health Online, we were joined by Cath Lake (Architects Director, P+HS) and Simon Adamson (Deputy Director of Estates & Facilities, Bradford District Care NHS) to discuss the role that new technology plays in creating safer spaces and ultimately saving lives.

WATCH THE RECORDING

Invisible full-door ligature alarm - patient bedroom Sowenna CAMHS
Wonford House - anti-barricade bedroom doors
Anti-barricade doors at Russell-Clinic
Full-door ligature alarm and en-suite door in patient bedroom - Skelbrooke ward
Door alarm testing panel
Bedroom doors with door alarm and electronic locking
Patient bedroom and en-suite doors - Wonford House
Sowenna CAMHS corridor view
Invisible full-door ligature alarm - patient bedroom Sowenna CAMHS
Wonford House - anti-barricade bedroom doors
Anti-barricade doors at Russell-Clinic
Full-door ligature alarm and en-suite door in patient bedroom - Skelbrooke ward
Door alarm testing panel
Bedroom doors with door alarm and electronic locking
Patient bedroom and en-suite doors - Wonford House
Sowenna CAMHS corridor view