What is Anti Ligature?

During the construction or refurbishment of a space designed specifically for patients suffering from mental illness, it is essential to eliminate points where a cord, rope, or bed sheet can be looped or tied to a fixture. A point of ligature can result in self harm and in extreme cases, loss of life. Unfortunately, many items that would be considered standard in traditional living situations can pose a significant risk of ligature. Alternative products must be used in order to achieve the same function and traditional look whilst providing a safe environment for both patients and staff. There are a variety of ways in which we can safeguard against ligature in a variety of areas including: bedroom, bathrooms and communal rooms.

load release anti ligature

Load Release Anti-Ligature

Item will release from its fixings to prevent a ligature is an abnormal load is applied.

fixed anti ligature

Fixed Anti-Ligature

Item is fixed in place however is free from points where a cord could be fastened to create a ligature point.

weaponry deterrent

Weaponry Deterrent

Designed to reduced the risk of this item being used as a weapon.

Load Release Anti Ligature

The load-release safety solution is designed to have the object fall away when an abnormal load is applied. These products are designed to be easily put back together (usually with magnets) and can be done time after time. There is no decline in performance and no mechanical restraint, nothing can jam, break or wear out. These parts are also designed so that they can't be used to create harm even when detached. After an incident, all that is required is for the suspended item to be held immediately below the magnetic bracket or brackets. The magnetic force will then raise the item and reseat it in its correct position.

This range is continually expanding to cover a wide range of bedroom and bathroom essentials such as coat hooks, shelves, curtains and blinds, and toilet roll holders.

Hipac Load Release Anti-ligature Products

Fixed Anti Ligature

Hipac Fixed Anti Ligature Products

These items are designed to be weight bearing and destruction resistant. The structural integrity ensures that despite constant everyday use, they are incredibly long lasting. Items such as locksets and handles and grab rails by design are required to take weight and hard movement. Other items such as vision panels are designed to withstand purposeful attempts at destruction. 

All of the Hipac load bearing products are carefully designed to ensure that there are no potential ligature points or potential use for harm.

Weaponry Deterrent

Items that can be removed from their intended location by force, such as a wardrobe rail, can potentially be used as a weapon by a patient. Whilst staff members are trained to overcome confrontation with violent patients, it is best to minimise this risk through innovative product design. Hipac offers a range of solutions to reduce the risk of harm.

The perfect example of this is the Ensuite Door where it functions as a traditional door, offering privacy. Once abnormal weight is applies, it will fall. The foam construction  makes them very ineffective weapons.

For more information click here to view DHF TS001 - Door Mounted Anti Ligature Devices for Safety and Security Purposes

Ensuite Door Weaponry Deterent

Click one of the product categories below to view our broad range of At Risk Patient Protection Products.

Anti-Ligature Curtains and Blinds
Locksets and Handles
Vision Panels
Ensuite Door Sets
Bedroom Bathroom Products
Ancillary Hardware