How to Remain Complaint With Low-Profile Ligature Resistant Hardware Designed for Oval Brand

A ligature risk is defined as anything which could be used to attach a cord, rope, or other material for the purpose of hanging or strangulation. The presence of ligature risks in the physical environment of a psychiatric patient compromises the patient’s safety.

The ligature resistant surface mounted fire extinguisher cabinet, designed for Oval Brand low-profile extinguishers, has 3 sloping edges that protrude 4″ from the surface and complies with CFR 482.13, ADA and NFPA-101 Life Safety Code.

Ligature Resistant Surface Fire Extinguisher Cabinet
Oval Brand extinguisher 10JABC has a 3 inch profile
Surface mounted ligature resistant extinguisher

The presence of unmitigated ligature risks in a psychiatric hospital or psychiatric unit of a hospital is an immediate jeopardy situation, in which the facility’s noncompliance with one or more requirements of participation has caused, or is likely to cause, serious injury, harm, impairment, or death to a resident from incidents such as strangulation or hanging.

Ligature risk deficiencies do not qualify for Life Safety Code (LSC) waivers, and therefore, an LSC waiver may not be granted.

Regulations at § 488.28 require that the deficiencies addressed in a PoC be corrected within 60 days from receipt of the deficiency report.