On the fifth floor of a new tower at University of Colorado Hospital, the rooms have no furniture that moves and no handles or faucets from which to hang a ligature.
The new 40-bed psychiatric unit was designed with the most up-to-date safety measures that exist, some that were invented mid-construction.
A nurse standing in the hallway can see the entire room, even feet in the shower. Natural light filters in through large windows secured by a sophisticated locking system. And the door opens on both the right and left sides so that if a patient is using their body as a barricade, hospital staff can adjust the hinges and avoid a face-to-face confrontation when they push open the door.
When UCHealth’s new psychiatric unit accepts its first patients this…
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