Following the Inquest of Kingsley Burrell at which it was found that prolonged restraint and a failure to provide basic medical attention contributed to his death whilst detained under mental health laws, new guidance has been issued to all NHS Services.
This guidance, which was issued as a ‘Stage One: Warning’, highlights the importance of monitoring vital signs during and after restrictive interventions/ manual restraints have occurred.
It requires NHS staff to take responsibility for monitoring vital signs, acting upon information, and creating an action plan where necessary. It is hoped that this will lead to NHS staff playing a more active role when restraint occurs and even intervening if the restraint is or becomes inappropriate.
The guidance identifies not only the areas of highest risk but also the most vulnerable people.
It will be implemented on 21st January 2016.
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