Psychiatric Facility Safety Padding
Safety Padding for Psychiatric Industry
Are you in need of a padded room in a psychiatric hospital, psychiatric facility, or another type of healthcare facility? Do you need to ensure the safety of patients and staff in your psychiatric or healthcare facility? Gold Medal Safety Padding is used in numerous healthcare and psychiatric facilities in the US, Europe, and Australia within their Psychiatric Departments, Emergency Rooms, and Detox Departments or facilities.
Not only does quality safety padding from Gold Medal help reduce a facility’s potential liability from patients, but it can also decrease the number of worker’s compensation claims by preventing workplace injuries incurred by staff.
Psychiatric facilities represent one of the most challenging environments for padded safety rooms among healthcare facilities. Gold Medal Safety Padding has been used for over four decades to protect patients in need. Whether you need a quiet place, a seclusion room, a de-escalation room, or a safety room, our safety padding will meet your needs.
There is a reason we are the most popular safety padding in the United States and other countries. We provide the best product for your needs, which is essential since you are responsible for the safety and well being of your patients, staff, and visitors. The best part is, Gold Medal Safety Padding is the only product on the market that provides repair kits
for on-site usage by your team!
Gold Medal Safety Padding® is specially formulated for use in psychiatric rooms where violent behavior may result in injury to the patient or staff or damage to the facility.
- The material assures the protection of individuals with the propensity to inflict self-harm, violent detainees, and drug and alcohol influenced patients while keeping high integrity that resists damage.
- Our padding assures maximum safety when applied to the floor, walls, and door of the room.
- The padding is self-extinguishing, as demonstrated by extensive fire testing.
- Our padding is virtually indestructible withstanding attempts to rip, gouge, destroy the padding.
- The padding material is uniform and smooth, with no cracks or open seams.
- It has a non-slip surface that is virtually fungus resistant.
- The material is easily cleaned; detergents will not harm the surface.
- A bond coat is used to completely ensure compatibility with the existing floor.
- The resinous coating is scuff-resistant and long-lasting.
- Our product can be installed in any existing cell or room or included in new construction.
- Our padding is installed on-site by Marathon Engineering’s trained installation specialists.
- Gold Medal Safety Padding has been used throughout the world for over 30 years.
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To learn more about Gold Medal Safety Products, please call 239-303-7378 in the USA, 416-572-7753 in Canada, or reach out online.
WHAT IS THE PURPOSE OF PADDED ROOMS IN PSYCHIATRIC FACILITIES?
Padded Safety Rooms are also known as quiet rooms, calming rooms, de-escalation rooms, cool down rooms, or seclusion rooms. These rooms are used to create an environment completely removed from outside distractions facilitating deep relaxation and/or contemplation within a safe environment.
Our rooms are typically equipped with floor and wall padding and can also involve impact-absorbing floor tiles and other safety features. We also can design custom padding for sensory rooms, which in some cases require more complex design features, such as soft-play equipment, interactive programming, lighting, audio, and more.
Sometimes a padded room is the most caring option for the patient and staff, and if that is the case, the responsible choice is to provide a padded safety room as an option. Especially when patients become a danger to staff through aggressive or violent behavior (i.e., some detox situations), a padded safety room is a much better option for both the patient and staff than going to an extreme that could pose harm to the patient or the staff.
TYPICAL USES FOR A PADDED ROOM IN A PSYCHIATRIC FACILITY
Here are some common uses for padded room utilization within a psychiatric or healthcare facility.
- A patient is a danger to self with a significant risk of attempted suicide or other self-harm.
- A patient is a danger to others through violent behavior.
- A patient is a danger to self or others because of detoxifying
- A patient needs a "quiet place" away from distraction to feel calm or safe.
DOES MY PSYCHIATRIC FACILITY NEED A PADDED ROOM FOR SAFETY?
Are padded rooms in psychiatric facilities still necessary with the advent of many new medications and techniques to help patients? That is a great question. While medicines and techniques have significantly reduced the need for padded safety rooms, sometimes a safety room is the best option for the patient and staff.
In general, you want to use a padded safety room if other less aggressive de-escalation and other preventive strategies have failed and there remains the immediate potential for harm to the patient or other people. We also like the terms “de-escalation room” or “calming room” for padded safety rooms because ultimately, what we all want is to have patients calm enough where there is no danger to the patient or staff. In other words, padded safety rooms should be seen as one of the tools in your de-escalation toolbox.
We should note, an underutilized benefit of a padded safety room in psychiatric facilities is providing patients with a calming place. Generally, in this scenario, patients are allowed to use the room as a calming room as they desire. In general, the patient is free to leave at their will when used as a quiet room.
As a necessary reminder, any tool should only be used for its intended use. Padded safety rooms in psychiatric facilities are no different. Padded rooms should NEVER be used as punishment, to create unnecessary mental or physical suffering, or to establish dominance. A padded safety room is meant for the SAFETY of patients and staff. Any tool in the medical industry can be, and it is essential medical facility administrators create and enforce clear and appropriate guidelines of how to utilize a padded safety room for the good of all involved.
SOME GUIDELINES FOR USING DE-ESCALATION TOOLS AS A PADDED SAFETY ROOM MAY INCLUDE:
The tool used is proportionate to the risk and potential seriousness of harm (in other words, you don’t use a 5-pound sledgehammer for putting a small nail in your wall).
The tool used is the least restrictive option to meet the need
The tool is used for no longer than necessary
The tool used takes into account the known patient’s preferences, and it is possible to act on said preference (some patients appreciate the calming effect of our safety rooms)
The tool used takes into account the patient’s physical health, the degree of frailty, and developmental age.
We would love the opportunity to discuss how a padded safety room from Gold Medal Safety Padding could be the right option for your healthcare facility. For more details on how we can help healthcare or other industrieswith safety padding, please contact us onlineor by phone at 239-303-7378 (USA), or 416-572-7753 (Canada).