All parties should be aware of the difference in hardware utilized on a mental health facility. Everyone should take the time to install the correct products and ask questions if you see anything that could possibly be a hazard to a patient, hospital employee or a family member. A simple thing as a wrong screw being used, in the wrong place could make a difference. Protection of the patients and the hospital staff starts with our construction.
Items of interest with potential ligature hazards
- Doors including handles, hinges and closures
- Curtain track / Rails
- Light fittings
- Smoke detectors
- Bedside lamp
- Bed (frames, mattress, linens)
- Ceiling tiles and access to the ceiling areas
- Air vents
- Sinks (valves, fittings, pipes)
- Pull cords
- Notice boards
- Exposed piping and cabling
- Toilet flushes and accumulated water
- Garden areas with trees, alarms, windows
Anti-ligature fittings should be used and verified through extensive quality inspection procedures.
RUKCO is proud to be partnering with the State of Indiana on the construction of the Neuro-Diagnostic Institute (NDI). NDI will be the State of Indiana's flagship mental health facility. Throughout the project, RUKCO, along with Pepper Construction, will be facilitating an awareness campaign focusing on the specific characteristics associated with construction of a mental health facility.