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Joint Commission FAQ - Acceptable Replacements for Solid Ceilings
Ligature and Suicide Risk Reduction – Ceiling Systems
What ceiling systems are allowable as a replacement for a solid ceiling?
A monolithic ceiling must either be a solid structure or use a concealed grid system that meets the following requirements:
No exposed components of the ceiling system can be used as a ligature attachment point (i.e. rails, tees, mains)
Panels can in no way be removed by the patient.
No impact will dislodge the panel(s)
Source: National Patient Safety Goals (NPSG) (Behavioral Health / Behavioral Health Care) – Issued July 22, 2019