Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services release updated guidance for state surveyors on ligature risk assessment in hospitals; hospitals can show compliance with safety standards through patient assessments and risk mitigation

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July 17, 2023 (press release) –

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services July 17 released updated guidance for state surveyors assessing ligature risk in hospitals, which pertains to environmental safeguards for patients at risk of harm to self or others. As urged by the AHA, the guidance clarifies that hospitals can demonstrate compliance with certain patient safety standards by conducting appropriate patient assessments, adequately staffing and monitoring units, and mitigating environmental risks through risk assessments. AHA members will receive a Special Bulletin soon with more on the updated guidance.

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