• The Use of Restraints: Recommendations From A Recent Inquest
  • October 8, 2009 | Authors: Katharine L. Byrick; Cynthia D. Clarke; Daphne G. Jarvis; Barbara Walker-Renshaw; Michele M. Warner
  • Law Firm: Borden Ladner Gervais LLP - Toronto Office
  • The use of mechanical restraints in psychiatric facilities, as well as the possible relationship between pulmonary embolism and restraint use, was explored in detail during a recent coroner's inquest. The inquest was held into the death of an in-patient detained on a forensic mental health unit at a psychiatric facility pursuant to a disposition of the Ontario Review Board. Prior to this patient's unfortunate death, there was an acute decompensation of his psychiatric condition that included a violent attack on the hospital staff. The patient was placed in four-point mechanical restraints and, tragically, died six days later.