new with SentinelStop:
May 2010, Posted On: 5/1/2010
are pleased to announce that SentinelStop was awarded a place
in HEALTHCARE DESIGN’s 3rd edition Top 10 Platinum Products
highlighting the most innovative product designs for the health
Some of the criteria for selection within the edition included
ingenuity, functionality, safety, design, and product appearance.
The special section that was published in HEALTHCARE DESIGN
May 2010 acknowledges and identifies just some of the innovative
product designs submitted by readers. The editorial staff reviewed
dozens of nominations selecting their 2010 Top 10 designs that
displayed a flair for creativity, with usefulness and inventiveness.
from the magazine:
Young, inventor of SentinelStop, after years of experience
designing mental health units for large healthcare systems
and state facilities, recognized the need to move beyond
traditional thinking related to the reduction and elimination
of ligature-induced sentinel events by ligature on inpatient
units. The SentinelStop door sensor system is the only
product of its kind that alarms staff at the slightest
indication of weight on a door frame, regardless of where
weight is applied: hinge, latch, or the door itself, and
is completely invisible to patients.
inspired you to design this product?
As an architect, my practice has a special emphasis on
inpatient mental and behavioral health facility design.
A critical consideration in such facilities is the physical
safety of the client. While most room elements can be
selected to limit opportunities for self-injury, options
for door security have been limited and do not provide
protection at all portions of a door and it’s hardware.
The development of a comprehensive door monitoring system
that could reduce unnecessary client death or injury and
limit costly claims settlements was an exciting opportunity.
were the main challenges you encountered in designing
this product, and how did you resolve them?
The development of a reliable operating sensor mechanism
was a difficult challenge. To meet the goals of sensitivity,
reliability, flexibility for both new and retrofit applications,
and ease of staff operation, we spent almost two years
working with our consulting engineers developing and improving
the mechanical, electronic, and programming systems. The
forces on door hinges are surprisingly complex, but we
were able to resolve these issues through multiple sensor
points and data management programming. The resulting
system has variable sensitivity that allows for the normal
use of the doors while notifying staff immediately if
excessive weight is placed on any part of the door assembly.