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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.
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 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.
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.
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 (
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.
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.
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.
Simon Adamson, Deputy Director Estates and Facilities Bradford District Care NHS Trust
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.
The purpose-built psychiatric intensive care unit (PICU) was designed to help patients with complex mental health needs recover in a safe, therapeutic environment which is closer to home in Devon.
Alongside The Junipers PICU and Jasmine Lodge MBU, Russell Clinic makes up one of the varying inpatient wards which have rolled out the full-door alarm on the Wonford House site in Exeter.
Sowenna - the first of its kind for Cornwall Partnership NHS FT - is a child and adolescent mental health (CAMHS) unit, providing inpatient treatment for young people aged between 13 and 18 years.