Category list : Patient restraint
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The government should consider banning the use of certain forms of restraint on patients with learning disabilities, a review into failings surrounding the abuse of patients at Winterbourne View has recommended.
Winterbourne View nurses jailedSubscription
Two nurses who admitted wilfully neglecting patients with learning disabilities at Winterbourne View hospital have been jailed.
Verbal aggression, such as personal insults, name-calling, and discriminatory remarks, by patients is linked with a higher level of anger among mental health nurses than physical violence, according to UK researchers.
Having enough registered nurses on a hospital ward may reduce the use of patient restraining devices, according to a US study.
UK nurses do care deeply about patient safety – which is why they don’t use restraining vestsSubscription
Frances Healey on the use of restraint vests and why the UK is lucky to have avoided introducing them.
It is arguable that the association of restraint with people who have severe mental health difficulties may cloud appreciation of its widespread use in other areas of nursing. The focus of this article will be on the use of restraint within a care setting for older people. This is an area of practice for which the RCN developed specific guidelines in 1999. The issues in the article are generic and the principles may apply to a variety of care settings.
More people with learning disabilities are being cared for in services that have failed regulatory standards on safeguarding than in services that have met them, with the use of restraint the biggest cause of concern.
Attending a conference on reducing restrictive practice earlier this week, I found it difficult to hear stories of patient deaths and injuries as a result of restraint.
Reducing need to restrain vulnerable patientsSubscription
The Department of Health’s 2014 guidance on appropriate and safe use of restraint for patients who are vulnerable emphasises that it should only be used as a last resort
Patient restraint under scrutinySubscription
With ‘unacceptable’ patient restraint once again the focus of public attention, Helen Mooney highlights gaps in current guidance