Medical Restraints

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Safety starts with understanding.


Do you work in an acute mental health care setting or security services? Have you had to use medical restraints, such as rapid tranquilization for sedation or mechanical restraints with those in your care? Have you ever wondered if there is a safer, less intrusive alternative to manage disturbed or extremely violent behavior?

You may be like many others who work with aggressive, violent, and dangerous clients. They have found successful alternatives to such restrictive emergency medical protocols.

CPI understands your concerns. We've been training human services professionals for over 30 years to manage challenging, aggressive, and potentially violent behavior. Our training strategies fall within a less restrictive, end of the “range of force” continuum that advances the Care, Welfare, Safety, and SecuritySM of all stakeholders in caregiving facilities.

We also recognize the reality that some facilities use chemical or mechanical alternatives to manage short-term behaviors that approach the potentially more lethal end of this range.

There may be a better way.

Our trainings do not rely on pressure points, pain compliance, prone positions, or overpowering those in a moment of rage or state of excited delirium. Our trainings also do not rely on the use of intimidating tactics such as presenting a large number of staff as a show of force.

As you assess a reasonable and proportionate response, consider CPI training to minimize the risks of de-escalation and physical intervention. If medical or mechanical restraints are permitted and governed within your agency, we can equip you with more options to reduce the risk of injury to staff and those you serve.

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“Every individual on this earth deserves to be treated with compassion, understanding, and the right to keep their dignity intact. This can be difficult to honor at times when someone loses control of their behavior, but that’s where Rational Detachment and not taking it personally really kicks in. What has helped me be able to do this well goes back to the first day I was introduced to Nonviolent Crisis Intervention® training. I was a participant before becoming a Certified Instructor (and before working for CPI), and over the years I have had so many opportunities to use what I learned way back then. Today, I live the skills automatically. It’s an honor to have been given those skills to live the philosophy of treating others the way I want to be treated.”

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