Developing a website to demonstrate clinical holding techniques
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Developing a website to demonstrate clinical holding techniques

Andrea Page Associate professor, learning disability and mental health department, Birmingham City University, West Midlands, England
Alison Warren Clinical matron for children and young people’s services, The Royal Orthopaedic Hospital NHS Foundation Trust. She was previously lecturer/practitioner, department for children and young people’s health, Birmingham City University/Birmingham Children’s Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, West Midlands, England
Nicola Vanes Clinical manager and lead nurse, National Institute for Health Research/Wellcome Trust Clinical Research Facility, Birmingham Children’s Hospital, West Midlands, England

Healthcare staff routinely use clinical holding to help infants, children or young people stay still when treatment is being administered, to prevent children or young people from interfering with the treatment, or when invasive examinations are being carried out. However, healthcare staff rarely have any formal discussion with children and young people, or their parents, on the techniques used for clinical holding. Visual tools are important when talking to children or young people about their healthcare, and a website with images of clinical holds would allow staff to discuss relevant holds with their patients. In this article, we describe a collaboration between Birmingham City University and Birmingham Children's Hospital to develop a website that presents 3D images of clinical holds, outlining how we introduced it to staff in the clinical areas that would benefit from it and how we have been evaluating its effectiveness. We hope this website will formalise the professional discussion of clinical hold techniques. This will allow information on the appropriate holds for different situations to be documented, which will enhance best practice. In addition, the website should provide information needed to allow children, young people and their parents to give true, informed consent for any procedures they need.

Nursing Children and Young People. 29, 2, 20-24. doi: 10.7748/ncyp.2017.e801


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This article has been subject to open peer review and has been checked for plagiarism using automated software

Conflict of interest

None declared

Received: 19 May 2016

Accepted: 09 November 2016

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