Bulletin Politique 428
Why was the policy changed?
The new Guidelines 800-2 provides a means for the medical management, in the form of physical restraints, of inmates housed within a Regional Treatment Centre or Regional Hospital, who are diagnosed with a medical condition such as dementia, Alzheimer’s disease, delirium, or acute or chronic brain injury, symptoms of which place the inmate at an elevated risk for unintentional self injury.
What is new/changed?
The Guidelines 800-2 – Physical Restraints for Medical Purposes provide:
- direction that the use of physical restraints for medical purposes must be congruent with existing provincial legislation and professional standards of practice developed by the provincial regulatory body related to the use of restraints, be prescribed by a physician, and be part of a Treatment Plan;
- clarification of when application of physical restraints for medical purposes would be considered a use of force and/or a reportable incident.
How was it developed?
The above-mentioned guidelines were developed through consultation with Security Operations and the Clinical Services and Mental Health Branches of the Health Services Sector. The document also underwent national consultation.
All CSC management and staff are responsible to ensure compliance.
Who will be affected by the policy?
Health care professionals and Security staff at Regional Hospitals and Regional Treatment/Psychiatric Centres working directly with inmates will be affected by the policy.
Costs will be associated with the purchase of appropriate restraint equipment at the Regional Hospitals and Regional Treatment Centres.
This information will be incorporated into CD 800 during the next update.
National Manager, Clinical Services, Health Services Sector
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For more information
- Government-wide Forward Regulatory Plans
- The Cabinet Directive on Regulatory Management
- The Red Tape Reduction Action Plan
- The Canada–United States Regulatory Cooperation Council
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