ASHE 55th Annual Conference & Technical Exhibition

G361-AAC18-2144 - A Safe Health Care Environment: Suicide, Self-Harm, and Ligature Risk Assessments

Jul 17, 2018 8:15am ‐ Jul 17, 2018 9:30am

Credits: None available.

Standard: $30.00
Members: $15.00


Creating a safe physical environment for patients with behavioral health needs is a significant challenge for most health care facilities. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services as well as the Joint Commission and other accrediting organizations are placing an increased emphasis on assessing risks and providing a physical environment consistent with the identified risks. This session focuses on the process of risk assessment and mitigation of behavioral health patient safety physical risks.

  • Use a risk assessment process to evaluate ligature risks
  • Identify areas where a risk assessment is needed
  • Develop a mitigation plan for identified ligature risks
  • Implement a process for response to ligature risk citations


  • Bradley R. Taylor, MBA, CHFM, CHC, System Vice President, Construction and Project Management, Fairview Health Services
  • Joseph A. Glaski, FDAI, FASHE, MBA, Director Healthcare Services, Brand Services, A Stonington Services, LLC Company
  • Sean Goings, CEM, CHSP, SASHE, PE, President, DAC, Inc, Houston, TX
  • James Peterkin, PE, LEED, AP, SASHE, Senior Fire Protection Engineer, TLC Engineering for Architecture
  • Kym Orange, Healthcare Segment Strategy Marketing Manager, W.W. Grainger, Inc
  • Tim Adams, FASHE, CHFM, CHC, Member Professional Development, Director, Leadership Development, American Society for Healthcare Engineering (ASHE)


  • Sue Andersen, PhD, CHSP, CEDP, EMTP, EMSIC, Regional Director Emergency Management, EC & Safety, Medxcel Facilities Management
  • Kathy Tolomeo, CHEM, CHSP, Director, Compliance Strategies, Safety, Security, and Emergency Management, JLL, Healthcare Solutions
  • David M. Sine, DrBE, CSP, ARM, CPHRM, Chief Risk Officer, Office of Quality, Safety, and Value, Veteran's Health Administration
  • Kathryn Petrovic, MSN, RN-BC, Senior Associate Director, Standards Interpretation Group, The Joint Commission


Credits: None available.

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