Ligature Cutter / Ligature Knife Training Course

Course Details

3.5 hours
NB Training Services are the leading training provider of Ligature Training and Ligature Cutter training in Ireland. We work with both public and private organizations to ensure that all staff members can confidently handle emergency situations involving using a ligature cutter / ligature knife with a safe calm approach.
This training is invaluable for social care workers, residential care workers, foster carers, nurses and mental health workers who care for people at risk of attempting suicide or self harm by using a ligature.
This Ligature knife training course will train participants in safe effective techniques when rescuing a person from hanging (ligature) and the practical skills in knowing what to do if a person attempts to self strangulate.
The participants will acquire the skills and knowledge on recognition of ligature injuries, how to treat a casualty and safely removing a ligature from both a suspended and suspended person. 
NB Training Services will incorporate your policies and procedures and tailor the course to your specific requirements

Course Content

  • Discuss the organization's policy on use of ligature cutters
  • Discuss ligature risk assessment
  • Identification of potential ligatures and ligature points
  • Explore anti ligature devices
  • Understand the procedure for the safe use of ligature cutters
  • Understand procedure for storage, disposal and replacement of ligature cutters
  • Discuss actions to be taken when a person has suspended themselves for strangulation
  • Recognise the signs and symptoms of ligature injuries
  • Discuss First Aid Actions following strangulation or attempted strangulation
  • Single rescuer and team approach discussion and practice
  • Practical demonstration of the ligature knife and practical exercise of ligature removal
  • Practical demonstration and practice of safe removal of from hanging / suspension
  • Scene preservation in the event of a death of a service user


This course is specifically designed for staff who are working with adults or children and teenagers who self harm and are at risk of attempting suicide by use of a ligature through self strangulation/hanging.


An NB Training Services certificate in the Safe Use of Ligature Cutters will issued to all participants which is valid for two years.

On-site and Virtual Course Options

Virtual Ligature Knife training courses available nationwide with a live instructor to answer your queries via ZOOM or Microsoft teams. This virtual course has proven to be very popular at present.  
On-site Face to Face training available nationwide at a time and date that suits your schedule, mornings, evenings & weekends catered for. 

If you need in-house or on-site Ligature Cutter / Ligature Knife Training Course Training please contact us or arrange a callback.

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