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November 2018 Edition 7.4

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A new edition of the Behavioral Health Design Guide has been published and is available for download here, Design Guide 7.4 – Nov. 2018. This is edition marks the twentieth revision of this white paper that was originally posted in 2003.  It is available free of charge via download as a service to the industry in an attempt to provide current information regarding products and philosophies that are better for use in psychiatric hospitals and behavioral health facilities.

I have the privilege of sharing the duties of authoring this document with David Sine, the president of Safety Logic Systems.  It is a compilation of our combined seventy years of experience in designing, facility management and risk management and operation of these facilities.  We are also aided by many individuals active in the field with their comments regarding what does (and doesn’t) enhance patient and staff safety in these facilities.

This Edition 7.4 includes over 40 products that were not in the February 2018 Edition and the CSI numbering system format for the products is included in the Appendix.  Index is included with page numbers for the various sections to help users with finding the specific items they need.


Eliminate Curtains from Patient Areas

  Current thinking among some leaders in the field of behavioral health care design is now that curtains of all types should be eliminated from the patient environment. This includes curtains at windows, showers and privacy curtains in multi-patient rooms. BH Magazine May/June 2014

Unique Needs of Behavioral Healthcare Door Hardware

DOORS AND HARDWARE MAGAZINE – March 2014 Doors and Hardware March 2014Behavioral Healthcare facilities present a number of very unique challenges for door hardware specifications.  Studies by the American Psychiatric Association have indicated that there are 1,500 psychiatric inpatient suicides in the US alone in 2003.  The Joint Commission reports have shown that 75% of […]

Converting Med/Surg Units to Psych. – ASHE

ASHE Management Monograph Series CONVERTING MEDICAL/SURGICAL UNITS FOR SAFE USE BY PSYCHIATRIC PATIENTS: THE PHYSICAL AND FISCAL RISKS, copyright 2011 Many hospitals decide to utilize vacant medical/surgical units as psychiatric units.  This can result in multiple hazards for both patients and staff.  The two kind of units function entirely differently and suicidal or aggressive patients can […]

Following the Evidence Toward Better Design – Behavioral Healthcare magazine

Following the Evidence Toward Better Design James M. Hunt and David M.  Sine discuss emerging successful patterns in the design of behavioral healthcare environments. Read the article here.

Suicide Prevention and the Patient Room – Joint Commission

The Joint Commission’s Environment of Care News interviewed James M. Hunt and David M. Sine about ways to reduce the risk of suicide in Patient Rooms.


Ligature Risk and Suicide Environmental Risk Assessment

  Jim Hunt & Kimberly McMurray Missouri Hospital Association: Psychiatric Network, Webinar – Jan. 24, 2018

Ligature Attachment and Suicide Risk Assessment 

Latest information from The Joint Commission and CMS Come and get your information directly from Tim Markijohn of The Joint Commission staff! Healthcare Design Expo and Conference 2017 Orlando, Florida November 12-14, 2017

Behavioral Health Workshop

  Center for Health Design Washington DC – September 26, 2017

Mental Health & Behavioral Design Roundtable

  Cornell Institute for Healthy Futures Cornell University, Ithaca, New York – October 15-16, 2017

Suicide Risk Reduction Expert Panel 

  The Joint Commission Headquarters Oakbrook Terrace, Illinois – June 9, August 18, October 11, 2017

Integrated Inpatient Healthcare Design 

  Healthcare Design Expo and Conference – Houston, TX – November 14, 2016

Integrating Behavioral Healthcare Safety into General Hospital Design

  AIA Michigan 49th Annual Health Facilities Planning Seminar, March 11, 2016 Grand Traverse Resort, Acme, MI

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