Approximately half of all suicides attempted on inpatient units in Pennsylvania involve hanging or attempted hanging. Ligature risks include anything which is load-bearing and can be used to attach material for hanging or strangulation (e.g., door handle, soap dispenser, bedrail). Many ligature risks are found throughout the various areas within healthcare facilities. Facilities can use a proactive risk assessment process to identify and mitigate the highest priority risks to reduce the potential for patient harm by hanging.
These room diagrams identify potential ligature risks in various inpatient care settings and may be used for training staff or conducting an educational exercise. Both blank and labeled copies are available for each care setting.