We all know that one factor in the risk of someone dying from positional asphyxia is restraint going on for an extended period of time.
This video is based on a discussion I have had with someone who is very concerned about a particular service user and also their colleagues who are possibly at risk of serious injury and possibly worse.
One possible solution to the problem they have is the use of restraint equipment, such as Handcuffs, Softcuffs, the Soft Restraint Belt and the SafetyPod, and we can’t now hide from the fact that there is equipment out there, that is industry tested and medically reviewed and therefore fit for purpose, that can easily be the least intrusive option is certain situations.
Yet it seems that there is a still and ‘old-mindset’ out there. People who are stuck in the dark ages and who see modern equipment as being equivalent to ‘shakles’!
The fact is, if there is a least intrusive option, then that option must be considered, especially if it can reduce risk and potentially save a life.
We as an organisation have been very progressive in embracing these new pieces of equipment because the evidence shows that it reduces the need for prolonged restraint and more restrictive techniques and by default, therefore, has to be in the best interest of the service user.
That is why we train trainers in these pieces of equipment so that they can have a more holistic approach to restraint reduction, and if you want to find out more about our Handcuff Trainer Course you can do so here – https://www.nfps.info/btec-level-3-handcuff-trainer-award-courses-2019/ – and the Soft Restraint Kit Trainer Course here – https://www.nfps.info/soft-restraint-kit-trainer-course/
If this resonates with you please like and share this post as it may help reduce the risk to someone you know and even save a life.
PS: Feel free to leave a comment or contact me if I can help you too.