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This alert is regarding window restrictors that may be inadequate in preventing a determined effort to force a window open beyond the 100mm restriction. An incident has occurred in which a patient died following a fall from a second floor hospital window.
all healthcare organisations should review the guidance on window restrictors contained in Health Technical Memorandum HTM 55 Windows, NHS Estates, Mar 98 (2nd edition) available at www.spaceforhealth.nhs.uk. (Note: This has been archived)
where problems are identified, a programme to repair or replace damaged restrictors should be put in place.