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Effectiveness and safety of restraint and breakaway techniques in a psychiatric intensive care unit

16 May 2007

Nursing Standard

Art & Science

Aim To evaluate the effectiveness and safety of restraint and breakaway in a 16-bed psychiatric intensive care unit. Method Analysis of specifically designed...

Control and restraint: changing thinking, practice and policy

01 October 2009

Mental Health Practice


The term control and restraint (C&R) has been in common use in mental health practice for the past 20 years. This article explores the appropriateness of its...

Restrictive interventions: a service evaluation

13 August 2019

Mental Health Practice

therapeutic practice

Background Restrictive interventions (RIs) are defined as the use of deliberate acts that restrict a person’s movement, liberty or freedom to act independently. RIs...

Sensory modulation in mental health practice

04 February 2020

Mental Health Practice

therapeutic practice

Sensory modulation approaches have become increasingly prevalent in Australian mental health practice over the past few years, but their use in UK mental health...

Three issues for mental health nurse educators preparing new preregistration programmes

11 February 2020

Mental Health Practice


According to the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC), universities across the UK must develop and implement new preregistration nursing programmes by the end of...

Managing agitation secondary to hyperactive delirium in deteriorating patients

08 November 2021

Nursing Standard

mental health

Delirium is an under-recognised condition which adversely affects deteriorating patients. Delirium can be an acute or long-term condition and is associated with...

Acute behavioural disturbance: recognition, assessment and management

31 March 2022

Emergency Nurse

Acute behavioural disturbance

Acute behavioural disturbance (ABD) is a clinical emergency which typically affects overweight men in their mid-thirties who chronically misuse illicit stimulants....

Restrictive interventions: understanding and reducing their use in mental health settings

23 August 2022

Mental Health Practice

patient safety

Restrictive interventions, which include enhanced observations, seclusion and restraint, are associated with significant and far-reaching harm for patients, staff...

Reducing the use of restrictive practices by applying a human rights-based approach

25 May 2022

Learning Disability Practice


In 2021 the Welsh Government launched a new framework for reducing the use of restrictive practices in childcare, education, health and social care settings. A...

Open AccessNasogastric tube feeding under restraint: practical guidance for children’s nurses

22 November 2022

Nursing Children and Young People

evidence and practice

The number of children and young people admitted to children’s wards with an eating disorder has increased significantly since the start of the coronavirus disease...