Environmental restraint in NZS 8134 2 2008 clarified for auditors


In 2011, guidance notes were inserted into NZS 8134.2:2008 Health and disability services Standards – Health and disability services (restraint minimisation and safe practice) Standards to clarify the intention that residents are not subject to environmental restraint unless this is clearly supported by clinical assessment and when no other solutions are available.

The guidance notes are titled Appendix A:Ministry of Health's clarification of NZS 8134.2:2008 Health and Disability Services (Restraint Minimisation and Safe Practice) Standards environmental restraint.

The Ministry of Health recently issued further guidance to help auditors to interpret Appendix A consistently. Read more on the 'Environmental restraint guidelines' in our March 2012 Touchstone article.

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