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Use risk assessment for ligature concerns when choosing beds for geriatric patients

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May 1, 2018

Be able to show a thorough risk assessment along with a plan for intervention if surveyors question the use of some hospital beds on behavioral health units that also serve geriatric patients. Ligature risk has become a high-profile issue for CMS, The Joint Commission and other accrediting organizations with both TJC and CMS in the last six months issuing new and clarified guidelines for hospitals on how they expect to protect patients from self-harm.



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