23 January 2018
Health Sector Workers Network
FYI website address
Via email: [email address]
Dear Health Sector Workers Network
Official Information Act request – Use of mechanical restraints
On 11 December 2017, under section 12 of the Official Information Act, you requested the fol owing
information from district health boards:
Al policy documents relating to restraint practices at your DHB
Are there instances in the last year (June 2016 to June 2017) of the use of mechanical
restraints? (i.e. strapping arms to bed) this is also referred to as physical restraint.
Can you please provide this data for both physical and mental health services and identify the
service associated with this data?
Whanganui District Health Boards response:
Please see attached policy documents relating to restraint practices and Whanganui DHB.
6105 Safe Use of
5462 Safe Use of
August 17.doc Bed Rails Procedure W Restraint Procedure W Enablers Procedure W
6100 Use of Safety
2 MHAS Restraint
Belt and Table Proced
One mechanical/physical restraint occurred between the period 1 June 2016 to 31 June 2017 within
the general hospital setting (Emergency Department). Please see attached incident report.
RAC health sector
Mechanical restraint does not occur in either of the mental health inpatient setting at Whanganui DHB.
I trust this information wil satisfy your request. If you have any further queries, please contact our
OIA coordinator in the first instance: shonel [email address]
Acting Chief Executive