Tuesday, July 14, 2015

IN THE MEDIA: Keeping patients out of restraints helped by use of private rooms

How one northeastern Ontario hospital has been de-escalating patients without the use of restraints

Psychiatric care teams in northeastern Ontario are looking at ways to keep people out of restraints.

Restraints include things like seclusion rooms, strapping people to a bed, and injecting fast-acting drugs to sedate unruly people.

A manager at the Northeast Mental Health Centre in North Bay, said the need for crisis management has been curbed by having fewer dorm rooms.

"We have private rooms now, which is huge," Darla Bates said.

Monday, July 6, 2015

Restraint and confinement still an everyday practice in mental health settings

Providers of mental-health services still rely on intervention techniques such as physical restraint and confinement to control some psychiatric hospital patients, a practice which can cause harm to both patients and care facilities, according to a new study from the University of Waterloo