The effects associated with seclusion room use
University of Lethbridge. Faculty of Health Sciences
Lethbridge, Alta. : University of Lethbridge, Faculty of Health Sciences
Confinement of a patient is a practice that has existed since the 18th century. Historically patients who were diagnosed with a mental illness were confined in an asylum as these patients were seen as immoral due to the stigma related to mental health (Newton-Howes, 2018). Currently, secure rooms are used to confine patients who are experiencing a psychiatric crisis or behavioural disturbances. Although secure rooms are a beneficial last resort intervention, secure rooms are not always used in accordance with policies. The misuse of secure rooms can lead to negative effects for both the patients and staff (Beames & Onwumere, 2021), making them a controversial intervention in mental health facilities. The goal of this project is to educate the interdisciplinary team on the negative effects of seclusion rooms, and to enhance the interdisciplinary team’s knowledge of other first-line interventions that are utilized to reduce the occurrence of seclusion room use. This project took place at the Hope Centre in North Vancouver British Columbia. It utilized an educational session for the staff which included a PowerPoint presentation and the introduction of an infographic.
seclusion rooms , seclusion room use , mentally ill , patient confinement , misuse of secure rooms , mental health facilities