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HVD 2018 CONFERENCE BY SECTION

PREVENTING THE USE OF PHYSICAL AND CHEMICAL (ANTIPSYCHOTIC DRUGS) RESTRAINTS: FINDING ALTERNATIVES

Workshop 4

DESCRIPTIONS OF THE WEBCAST

WORKSHOP LEADERS
Susan Macaulay, B.A. (Communications), Concordia University
Author, blogger, advocate, activist against the inappropriate use of antipsychotic drugs in long-term care
Member of the Expert Advisory Committee
Nathalie Houle,Clinical Nurse
Assistant to the head nurse and interim unit head for the CISSS des Laurentides
student in the Masters of Nursing program at the University of Montreal
Me Hélène Guay, Lawyer specializing in health law
Bachelor’s degree at McGill University
Masters degree in Health Law from the University of Sherbrooke
Member of the Expert Advisory Committee
OBJECTIVES

Since 1998, the law authorizes under certain conditions the use of force, isolation, mechanical or chemicals means to prevent a person from inflicting harm upon himself or others. In 2002, the Ministry of Health adopted its orientations regarding the application of such measures. However, concerns are being raised with their use in long term care institutions. Are these restraints adapted and respectful of the needs of residents in long term care facilities, and respectful of the best practices? What improvements should be made? What initiatives and pilot projects have succeeded in avoiding the use of physical or chemical restraints in long term care institutions? For many, alternatives must be found in order to respect residents’ rights. In this workshop, we will take a closer look at what comprises physical and chemical restraints in dementia care, how to recognize when they are being used and what are the potential risks and side effects of their use.

BY THE END OF THE WORKSHOP, PARTICIPANTS SHOULD BE ABLE TO:
  • Identify the different types of physical and chemical restraints
  • Understand their supportive legal background and why they are being used
  • Understand the importance of the right to enlightened / informed consent in such a context
  • Identify the known consequences and the risks attached to the use of chemical restraints
  • Understand some of the alternatives to physical and chemical restraints
  • Understand the necessity for implication of residents and their family members to prevent inappropriate use of physical and chemical restraints
IN CASE OF EMERGENCY

If you have any questions regarding a situation of elder mistreatment, you can contact the Elder Mistreatment Helpline (La ligne aide abus aînés) so that a staff member can fully assess your situation and needs, and provide the most appropriate assistance (bilingual service for Quebec residents only):

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