Anti-Ligature Fittings & Accessories
The Kestrel Anti-Ligature System - reducing the risk of self-harm
Two areas have been identified as environments where persons are at greatest risk of self-harm: mental health hospitals (including psychiatric wards in general hospitals); and prisons and detention centres.
In these areas the incidence of self-harm by ligature has been a serious cause of concern. The Kestrel Magnetic Anti-Ligature System provides a highly effective means of greatly reducing this risk. Its load-release brackets are discreet and attractive, and the system is in use in psychiatric institutions and prisons throughout Ireland & the UK.
Movatrack Cubicle Track for Beds & Showers
The Movatrack hospital cubicle track system is in use in many hospitals throughout the world including major Irish hospitals. The rigid, high-grade aluminium track section and free-running roller hooks are designed to give years of trouble-free service. Movatrack with Kestrel offers a highly respected track system with the security of the acclaimed Kestrel Magnetic Anti-Ligature System - designed to complement each other.
Specifically for high-risk mental health areas, Movatrack with Kestrel uses magnetic wall-fix brackets where tracks meet the wall, and magnetic top-fix brackets where suspension hangers meet the ceiling. This ensures that, under excess load, the suspension hanger separates from the ceiling bracket - an essential safety feature, as it is surprisingly easy to attach a cord to a fixed vertical rod and use it as a ligature point.
The Kestrel Anti-Ligature System includes a suite of products for bathrooms including soap holders & dispensers, toilet roll holders & towel rails.
For bedrooms there are rails suitable for wardrobes, and also coat hooks.
If the soap & toilet tissue dispensers are being provided by the suppliers of those products, the Kestrel System backplates can be used to make those items anti-ligature.
Some Technical Details
No part of a Kestrel installation should be able to withstand a vertically downward force of more than 400 Newton’s, equivalent to a static load of approximately 40kg. Most readings will be in the region of 15 - 30kg, depending on configuration and proximity to brackets.
The patented Kestrel system is simple and extremely effective. It will securely hold a range of items by powerful short-range magnetic attraction. When an abnormal load is applied the magnetic force is overcome and releases its load. And it can do this time after time. There will be no decline in performance, and as there is no mechanical restraint at all, nothing can jam, break or wear out. After an incident, all that is required is for the suspended item to be held immediately below the magnetic bracket or brackets. The magnetic force will then raise the item and click it into its correct position.