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Minimising Restrictive Practices: Seclusion

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Seclusion is a behavioural intervention used by mental health services, wherein a client is confined in a room alone and prevented from freely exiting. It is used as a last resort intervention in the event of a behavioural emergency and must only be used if there are no other appropriate options.

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Seclusion is a behavioural intervention used by mental health services, wherein a client is confined in a room alone and prevented from freely exiting. It can be enacted at any time of day or night. Along with restraint, seclusion is a type of restrictive practice. Restrictive practices are used as a last resort intervention in the event of a behavioural emergency. They may further exacerbate the client’s trauma or inflict physical or emotional harm, posing a profound risk to their safety and wellbeing. Furthermore, these interventions are not known to alter the client’s behaviour in the long-term

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Holly McCormick
27 Jul 2020
Informative to improve knowledge and practise regarding high risk patients and rights and responsibilities for consumers and staff.
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Priyanka Agarwal
24 Jul 2021
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30 Jun 2021
Great resource with useful information
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Leonie Scarff
06 Aug 2020
easy to access and informative
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Sally Haskett
01 Aug 2020
Very informative and easy to navigate
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Milly Nansamba
09 Mar 2022
I have gained new knowledge which is going to help me when I’m working with my clients
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Karen Bourke
14 Sep 2021
A great resource to assist with behaviour in challenging clients, using restrictive practices as a last resort.
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Kelly Fenton
02 Aug 2020
A good, to the point resource which spells out the main issues around isolating and the affect isolating people, including mental illness. This article discusses why people are often isolated including lack of guidelines and training, which could be a call to action for workplaces. Spelling out the reasons for isolating patients is a helpful reminder that staff should be trained in dealing with conflicts, recognising signs and triggers for patients and also be able to de escalate a situation prior to requiring this type of intervention.
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Jill Smith
25 Jul 2020
This was very enlightening and also frustrating as in our ED we lack so many areas that would be of benefut
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Marissa Moser
29 Jul 2021
It's very important to have educational training where you involved in your workplace.
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