Rising physical restraint use at children’s hospital ‘justified’, Health Minister says

Minister Ryan Park said the government had already made inquiries and was satisfied the practices had been justified.
Ryan Park, NSW Minister for Health.

A spike in “very complex” presentations justifies a fivefold increase in physical restraint use at a major children’s hospital, says the NSW Minister for Health.

The Children’s Hospital at Westmead employed physical restraints on patients 64 times between January and March, compared with 11 occasions in the same period last year, according to the NSW Bureau of Health Information’s quarterly report.