Medical Chief Savages Royal Adelaide Hospital Shackle Use

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From The Advertiser: “The state’s Chief Psychiatrist, Dr. John Brayley, has issued an intervention order on the Royal Adelaide Hospital over use of shackles, physical restraints and seclusion rooms on agitated mental-health patients who are stuck in the emergency department.

The three-month order demanding improvements at the $2.4 billion hospital follows under-reporting of such incidents and unannounced inspections by Dr. Brayley.

It requires the Central Adelaide Local Health Network (CALHN) to improve quality and safety of mental-health care in the ED, where long waits in the noisy, brightly lit area can trigger agitation leading to restraints.”

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