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Suicide Resistant TV Enclosure – Duty of Care for Hospital Patients

Why installing a suicide resistant TV enclosure in hospitals makes financial and humane sense.

After initial assessment, a patient can be assured of the best care by staff at the hospital, who have their welfare and healthcare as a priority and a duty of care is instilled at all times; keeping both patients and staff safe from harm, including a nutritious and healthy diet, and exercise, as well as mental stimulation – which includes watching television. Whilst we take our domestic TV sets for granted, there is no legislation to say anyone, within an institution, should have a legal right access to a TV; it is seen as a luxury rather than a necessity. By avoiding self harm, suicide or injuring another person is taken very seriously, in the steps of installing protective TV enclosures throughout the hospital. Whilst this may be a major investment, what is the alternative? As a litigation nation, the US has had many expensive lawsuits regarding avoidable suicides and self harm situations.

Installation of a suicide resistant TV enclosure.

Installing a suicide resistant TV enclosure; in hospitals, not only prevents life threatening incidents, but it also acts as a deterrent against theft and wilful damaged. The television can not be removed without the keys for the enclosure, it can’t be prized off the wall – as it fits flush with no room for leverage and all the electrical cabling is hidden too. These enclosures are not only suitable for highly vulnerable patients but also for public areas as they offer security and protection in every circumstance. It is understandable, the reluctance to budget for TV enclosures, but compared against renewing TV sets because of damage and vandalism, it is mere cents verses millions of dollars in a law suit. Hospitals have access to a great range of specialist furniture, but more architects are including suicide TV enclosures in hospitals; during refurbs and new builds. They also carry great weight as they are federally approved for use.

To reiterate; here are just a couple of examples, where a TV enclosure is necessary;

Firstly, to protect the TV against vandalism; the smashed screen used as a blade as a weapon.
Secondly, protecting a hospital patient from self harm; a shard of glass is a big risk for mutilation.
Thirdly, installing an enclosure eliminates the possibility of creating a noose around the TV wall bracket, as it is designed to ensure material (like bedding or clothing) slips off.

As these TV enclosures are predominately designed and installed in hospitals, they are also suitable for prisons, refuges and detention centers, where staff can not always monitor vulnerable people. There are various sizes suitable for every TV set; from 26” to 55”, being the most common (sizes are measured on the diagonal of the screen, not left to right/top to bottom). But, be aware of inferior models; plastic and wood are just not suitable materials to construct an enclosure, the locks MUST be approved and the viewing window MUST conform to standards. These do not withstand rigorous product safety testing and will cause more harm than good.

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We take your ‘Duty of Care’ very seriously and installing a suicide resistant TV enclosure is of the most importance, without compromise.