Preventing Suicides and Eliminating Ligature Risk in 2019 - On-Demand

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Preventing Suicides and Eliminating Ligature Risk in 2019

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Available ON-DEMAND

Presented on:
Tuesday, September 10, 2019

Presented by: Jennifer Cowel, RN, MHSA, CEO, Patton Healthcare Consulting Inc.

CMS and accrediting organizations are increasing the pressure on hospitals to better identify patients at risk for suicide and to mitigate or even eliminate ligature risks in facilities. This pressure includes more frequent threats to accreditation. What’s changed in 2019, and what hospitals can do to meet expectations and avoid immediate jeopardy? This webinar will include a rundown of the new expectations outlined in Joint Commission FAQs, provide examples of problems identified in actual CMS and Joint Commission surveys, and photos of problems seen and solved.

At the conclusion of this program, participants will be able to:

  • Address concerns outlined in new or revised Joint Commission FAQs
  • Address concerns set out by CMS in recent surveyor memos
  • Evaluate their suicide prevention program and ways to improve
  • Identify ligature risk and other physical patient harm problems
  • Describe CMS and TJC expectations at their facilities


  • What’s at risk?
  • What’s changed?
  • Most pressing problems identified in hospitals
  • How to meet physical ligature requirements
  • How to meet suicide prevention expectations
  • Evaluating your program—how to improve
  • How to show your work
  • What’s on the horizon?
  • Q&A


  • Photographic examples of problems and solutions
  • Checklists for policies, room ligature checks


Who Should Listen?

  • Hospital compliance officers and administrators
  • Nurse managers
  • Accreditation managers
  • Behavioral health compliance managers
  • Facilities managers

Meet the Speaker

Jennifer Cowel, RN, MHSAJennifer Cowel, RN, MHSA, is CEO of Patton Healthcare Consulting, Inc., and a patient safety, accreditation, and regulatory compliance consultant. She joined Patton Healthcare Consulting as vice president and principal in 2007. Previously, she held a variety of leadership and management roles during more than 17 years with The Joint Commission, including director of service operations and hospital surveyor representative on the Standards Improvement Initiative. She is the author of two reference books for both domestic and international hospital managers on practical application and use of statistics and has authored numerous articles on accreditation and regulatory compliance. She is also a frequent lecturer on patient safety, Joint Commission compliance, and the use of data to improve performance. Prior to The Joint Commission, she was a senior consultant with Anderson Consulting in Chicago.


Webinar system requirements and program materials: 
To fully benefit from the webinar experience, please note you will need a computer equipped with the following:

Browser: Microsoft Internet Explorer 6 or later, Firefox, Chrome, or Safari, with JavaScript enabled 
Internet: 56K or faster Internet connection (high-speed connection recommended) 
Streaming: for audio/video streaming, Adobe Flash plug-in or Safari browser on iOS devices 

Prior to the webinar, you will receive an email with detailed system requirements, your login information, presentation slides, and other materials that you can print and distribute to all attendees at your location. 

No problem. The On-Demand version will be available. Use it as a training tool at your convenience—whenever your new or existing staff need a refresher or need to understand a new concept. Play it once or dozens of times. A $199 value! 

Participation in the webinar is just $199 per site. All materials must be retrieved from the Internet. 

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