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Rise in mental health conditions putting additional pressures on the healthcare practitioners
Emergency departments (EDs) are increasingly having to manage violent, aggressive or agitated patients and are responsible for preventing patients from absconding when they are deemed a risk to themselves or others.
Yet, there are increasing concerns over the variability of provision and standards of security in circumstances where patients may require restraint.
In December 2020 the Royal College of Emergency Medicine (RCEM) published the results of a survey that asked ED clinicians about their experience of managing violent and behaviorally disturbed patients in their departments, and specifically what security services were available to support them.
The results showed a striking lack of consistency and standards across trusts with ED staff and patients being subjected to frequent potential harm. Altogether:
As a result of the survey, the RCEM recommended that:
Doc Player: RCEM National Survey on Security and Restraint in the Emergency Department. December 2020
NHS Digital: Mental Health of Children and Young People in England, 2020: Wave 1 follow up to the 2017 survey
The Health Foundation: Latest data highlights a growing mental health crisis in the UK
There is a growing mental health crisis in the UK, with rates doubling since the COVID-19 pandemic began. This means that it is essential that NHS staff are adequately trained in how best to manage patients with mental health conditions or patients that may become violent, aggressive or agitated.
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