Designing better mental healthcare facilities

Full mortice hinge delivers easy opening and reduced ligature risk

With ‘pinch points’ an area of concern for mental health facilities – both due to the risk of injury, and increased ligature risk – Intastop has launched the Shrouded Full Mortice Hinge ‘to support increased safety' and reduce ligature risk.

Designed primarily for use on en-suite doors, the Shrouded Full Mortice Hinge is a single swing hinge that works using two full-length, paired and interlocking gears, and which ‘generates high strength and a low operating force, delivering easy opening’. It also benefits from a choice of anti-ligature cap, either a domed version, or slanted tip, to assist in reducing ligature opportunities.

Intastop Marketing manager, Lisa Turner, said: “Full mortice hinges are quite popular now, but by ensuring  that they are as ligature-proof as possible, we have offered another dimension for en suite door solutions, quite often a challenging area. The Shrouded Full Mortice Hinge allows users to benefit from increased security, safety, reduction in finger entrapment, and privacy. Typical problems with doors – such as alignment issues and stress distribution – are also is alleviated through the innovative design.”

She continued: “The Intastop continuous hinge has proved to reduce maintenance, allowing heavy doors to be safely fitted, as the weight is distributed across the entirety of the hinge. This prevents buckling, which can result in doors dropping and damaging the floor. The new design to the Full Mortice hinge range offers all this, while also helping to reduce ligature points.”

Intastop says the new hinge has undergone rigorous testing, is approved to Adult Medium Secure Standards, and is performance rated to BS EN 1935.

 

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