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Face-down restraint being used in mental health wards

21st September 2016

Despite the government and the NHS saying it should stop, face-down physical restraint, which can restrict a patient's breathing, is still being used in mental health wards in England.

mentalhealthillness2In 2013/14, 22.4% of recorded incidents of restraints were face-down, falling to 18.5% by 2015/16.

Some healthcare trainers say face-down restraint can sometimes be the only appropriate way of keeping staff and patients safe.

These figures were gathered following a Freedom of Information request by Norman Lamb who introduced the new guidance in April 2014.

 

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MIKHAN KHAN

Monday 25th September 2017 @ 13:55

Though there is an improvement compared to the 2013/14 figures, still it is far from desirable. Depite some healthcare trainers` claim that "face-down restraint can sometimes be the only appropriate way of keeping staff and patients safe", it is best that such a restraint, which can restrict a patient`s breathing leading to consequential risks like heart-failure etc., should be used only a last and un-avoidable resort.


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