The Risk of Inpatient Suicide

Efforts to prevent individuals and their families from experiencing loss to suicide does not end upon admission to a hospital. Even under the care of experienced staff, 1,500 suicides take place in inpatient hospital units in the United States each year. Seventy-five percent of these deaths are due to hanging, using some anchor point within the patient's environment. When the type of anchor point is specified in the data, it is most likely to be a door or door hardware, or a wardrobe cabinet.

Soft Suicide Prevention Door

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The Joint Commission Journal on Quality and Patient Safety Inpatient Suicide and Suicide Attempts in Veterans Affairs

The Joint Commission Journal on Quality and Patient Safety A Checklist to Identify Inpatient Suicide Hazards in Veterans Affairs Hospitals

Safety in the Patient Environment

Steps can be taken to reduce opportunities for self-harm by eliminating as many risk factors as possible in the patient's environment. Risk factors can include furniture or artwork, which can be broken and used as sharps, cords or cloth that can be used for suffocation, and light fixtures, sprinkler systems or furniture that can be used as anchor points. Soft Suicide Prevention Door (SSPD)

The Soft Suicide Prevention Door eliminates door anchor points while contributing to the healing environment by providing calming artwork for patients. SSPD was developed by patient safety professionals at the Department of Veterans Affairs, and is now offered for sale by Kennon Products.This door is lightweight, durable, shred-proof, non-flammable and easy to clean. Doors are available in standard sizes, or can be manufactured for a custom fit to any specification. Large format printing enables customization of the door to enhance the healing environment choose one of our designs, or provide your own.

SSPD is featured in the "Design Guide for the Built environment of Behavioral Health Units" published on the website of the National Association of Psychiatric Health Systems, and won the 2009 Design Award from the National Center for Patient Safety

Installation and Use

- SSPD installs easily into existing door frames or shower stalls. To ensure a proper fit, measure the width of the existing door to be replaced when ordering SSPD.

- A magnetic hinge withstands continual use, and provides a private closure for the patient.

- The magnetic hinge breaks away with the application of vertical pressure

- SSPD can also be useful to staff as a soft safety shield

Images - When we printed a soft calming image onto the vinyl and installed the door patients started asking when they would be getting their picture.  The notion that these patients were actually looking forward to the art was a very positive sign. 

While there is no clinical data on the impact that the art has on the patient, we know they are welcomed by the patients.  We believe in the value to the patient so they are included with the door at no extra charge.

Choose to have an image printed on one or both sides of the SSPD. Additional images are available upon request, or provide your own high resolution image.

Beach Chairs

Mountain stream Mountain Flowers

New! SSPD Doors and Privacy Partitions in These Solid Colors

Soft Suicide Proofing Colors

Ocean Blue
Hospital Green
Sand

 

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Soft Suicide Prevention Door

Soft Suicide Prevention Doors

2009 Design Award from the National Center for Patient Safety


Licensed for production and distribution from the Veterans Administration Hospital by Kennon Products, Inc

 

New! Kennon Soft Suicide Prevention Artwork

Privacy Partition

The artwork contributes to the healing environment by providing calming scenes for patients.

Kennon's Soft Suicide Prevention Artwork is constructed from foam and covered with an antimicrobic covering material. It is light-weight, safe, and eliminates hard attachment points. The artwork contributes to the healing environment by providing calming scenes for patients.

Artwork comes in most sizes up to 36" x 36", with a variety of images to choose from. Large format printing enables customization of the artwork.

Installation Instructions

General Information Sheet

 

 

 

Kennon Products, Inc.
Sheridan, WY
Phone 307-674-6498
sales@suicideproofing.com