We believe that even one suicide in these settings is too many and the problem is preventable. It is important to reduce any opportunity for hanging, particularly as focus on certain types of ligatures and ligature points change over time.
Innovation must be encouraged, and it is crucial that new and existing products used in mental health environments are assessed for ligature and self-harm risks using an independent and repeatable format. With a standard approach, manufacturers will be able to confidently declare the performance of their product and for procurers to compare them.
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Informed Choices: Testing Guidance for Products in Mental Health Facilities
Until now, a standardised method of evaluating such products has not existed.
Our independent testing team has come up with a solution. In consultation with industry and collaboration with the Design in Mental Health Network (DiMHN) BRE has developed a detailed testing guide.
Key issues for those who are sourcing products for the rooms and facilities in which patients are treated is understanding whether they are suitable for their intended purpose and that until now, a standardised method of evaluating such products has not existed. BRE and the Design in Mental Health Network (DIMHN), along with input from over 60 other contributors, has developed the new document ‘Informed Choices: Testing Guidance for Products in Mental Health Facilities’.
The Testing Guide provides testing methodologies for materials, fixtures and hardware that have been specifically designed for use within mental healthcare facilities. It brings together the many disparate requirements for these products into one document to help suitably qualified experts to choose the most appropriate product.
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