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The en-suite door remains the biggest unsupervised risk in mental health inpatient environments.
A door behind a door, the en-suite can provide a potential space for patients to ligature learn and self-harm. This can lead healthcare providers to simply remove the door - and in theory the risk - altogether.
But what does this do to patients' sense of self worth?
We've designed a load release door that carefully considers patients' privacy and dignity without compromising on safety.
The load release door leaves simply detach from the pivots if a weight of 8kg or more is applied - disrupting the ligature learning process.
When the leaves are detached from the pivots, they are reattached using the staff-only Lifeline key.
If clinical staff find the door leaves detached once, it can be noted as unintentional. When it starts to become a pattern, it can be a signpost to monitor a patient's behaviour more closely and help to inform their care plan.
Note: It's also possible to install the en-suite door without the staff-only reset function - meaning patients can reattach the leaves themselves.
The leaves provide a partial visual screen, enabling clinical staff to carry out a quick head and feet check, without encroaching on patients' privacy or dignity.
We're all greatly affected by our surroundings. They can have a profound impact on our mood, thoughts and feelings.
This is heightened in a mental health inpatient setting because people are going through a vulnerable time, and every detail of the built environment can have an impact.
That's why our en-suite leaves are designed in a variety of plain colours and prints - so that the right design can be chosen to complement the environment.
The anti-ligature magnetic pivots attach to an existing door frame in under 60 minutes - making it equally suitable for new builds or as a retrofit solution.
Is it fire tested? Yes. It passes both BS EN 597 and BS EN 1021 match flame equivalent.
It it water resistant? Yes. The outer PVC material is splash resistant and the edges of the doors are bonded together to protect the internal foam.
Does it pass infection control? Yes. It scored highly given the PVC leaves can be easily wiped clean, and there are no stitched edges which can be a significant infection risk.
On the left is a snapshot of a conversation between a patient reaching out on Twitter, and a member of clinical staff from
East London NHS recommending our en-suite door.
To find out more about how we came to develop our en-suite solution and the various facilities they're installed in, you can watch the recording of our 15 minute webinar below.