Ligature Awareness and Cutting

A half day training course for nurses and support staff working with those at risk of ligatures.


Having ligature awareness training and responding to incidents in a professional and timely fashion can and does save lives.  Hanging is a common method of suicide for many service users and this may involve suspending the body from a high ligature point.   This can cause a fracture to the upper spinal column, or through asphyxiation or strangulation without suspension of the body, using a ligature point at or below head height.

Course Contents

  • Ligature risk assessments
  • Environmental risk assessments
  • Types of ligatures and ligature points
  • Signs and symptoms of ligature injuries
  • Safe removal of ligatures using cutters
  • Safe removal from suspension and incomplete suspension
  • Safely storing, maintaining, disposing and replacing cutters
  • Anti ligature devices
  • First Aid actions following strangulation or attempted strangulation

Course Outcomes

Successful completion of this training course will result in the award of a CPD accredited certificate covering all aspects of the above course contents.

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