Three-quarters of people who kill themselves while on a psychiatric ward do so by hanging or strangulation. A ligature point is anything which could be used to attach a cord, rope or other material for the purpose of hanging or strangulation. Ligature points include shower rails, coat hooks, pipes and radiators, bedsteads, window and door frames, ceiling fittings, handles, hinges and closures.
Due to human ingenuity and/or the lack of a suitable technical solution it is not possible for all potential ligature points to be removed. It is therefore necessary for a judgement to be made regarding the likelihood of an item being utilised as a ligature point and the opportunity for a service user to utilise the potential ligature point. Such ligature points are managed locally by staff.
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