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When we look at the figures behind inpatient suicides in mental health environments, they paint a stark picture.
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.
It's no longer enough for alarms to detect ligature attempts at the top of the bedroom door only. With a built-in sensor, the full-door ligature alarm detects vertical loads of over 10kg applied to any part of the the door.
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.
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.
You told us that false alarms with existing door alarm systems were common and that this affected the level of trust between patients and clinical staff.
So we developed a system that intelligently filters out false alarms.
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!
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.
Ryder Architecture, in partnership with Cornwall Partnership NHS Trust, designed Sowenna CAMHS to create a facility that is not only close to home, but one which carefully considers the needs of the young people, their families, and the clinical staff providing essential care.