Friday, April 17, 2015

Alarm over use of security staff to restrain patients

Inspector’s report says restraint should only be carried out by health professionals

Inspectors have expressed alarm that a mental health unit has been using security staff to physically restrain residents.
In a report into the acute psychiatric unit of the Mid-Western Regional Hospital in Ennis, Co Clare, the Inspector of Mental Health Services found two security staff were engaged in ordering and initiating the restraint of patients in some instances.
While this practice was originally introduced for the management of one individual, the 39-bed unit had since used security personnel in restraint of other residents.

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