Therapeutic safe holding with children and young people in hospital
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Therapeutic safe holding with children and young people in hospital

Robert Kennedy Lecturer in children and young people’s nursing, School of Nursing, Midwifery, Social Work and Social Sciences, University of Salford
Frances Binns Specialist adviser for autism in children and young people, Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital, Manchester

Robert Kennedy and Frances Binns on developing a strategy for safe holding in a large tertiary hospital

This article demonstrates how a strategy to improve patient safety and the patient experience in hospital health care was implemented in a large tertiary children’s hospital. A children and young people’s therapeutic safe holding policy and training programme for all clinical nursing staff was developed and introduced. The strategy aimed to define best practice and equip healthcare professionals with the appropriate tools to deliver care safely, effectively and in the best interests of the child or young person.

Nursing Children and Young People. 28, 4, 28-32. doi: 10.7748/ncyp.28.4.28.s22


Peer review

This article has been subject to open peer review and has been checked using antiplagiarism software

Conflict of interest

None declared

Received: 06 May 2015

Accepted: 29 December 2015

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