Nearly 40,000 incidents of physical restraint on mental health patients in England were recorded in one year - with more than 3,000 in the “dangerous” face-down position - according to figures released by Mind.
Worryingly, a separate survey of 375 frontline workers by Mind found that 22% of staff involved in restraints had not had restraint update training in the past 12 months.
More than 42%, according to the charity, said that with hindsight, they felt that restraint had sometimes been used “inappropriately”.
Further to these findings, mental health trusts in England could be banned from using face-down restraints.
- Is physical restraint over-used?
- Should more restraint training be offered to general nurses?
- Does training adequately cover de-escalation techniques?
- Are “face-down restraints” always avoidable?