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Health trust shamed for dangerously restraining its patients: Body faces being put in special measures after using technique that can be fatal

A mental health trust where patients have been punished with a dangerous form of restraint faces being put into special measures. Inspectors found serious problems at the body that oversees mental health services in Norfolk and Suffolk. These included patients being held in the face-down prone position and being put in seclusion as a punishment. The prone position involves two or more staff holding a patient face-down on the floor and pinning down their arms, legs and torso. It can result in compression of the chest and airways and can be fatal.

Last April, Lib Dem care minister Norman Lamb announced controls banning its deliberate use on patients. The Norfolk and Suffolk Trust’s secure unit had been told to review its procedures after 38-year-old patient David Bennett died while being held in the prone position for almost 25 minutes in October 1998. A 2003 inquiry into the incident led by Sir John Blofeld found prone position restraints were ‘always dangerous’ and should never be used for more than three minutes.

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http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2938904/Health-trust-shamed-dangerously-restraining-patients-Body-faces-special-measures-using-technique-fatal.html

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The Norfolk and Suffolk Trust’s secure unit was told to review its procedures after 38-year-old patient David Bennett died while being held in the prone position for almost 25 minutes in October 1998

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