The N.H. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) recently issued a notice recommending that facilities used for the placement, custody, or treatment of children stop using prone restraint. The term “prone restraint” refers to when a child is held in a face-down position on the floor, bed, or other surface.
As DHHS explained in its notice, prone restraint may impair normal breathing and/or circulation, particularly if a child is agitated, on certain medications or has a medical condition that may be exacerbated by the prone position.
We are pleased with DHHS’ decision to recommend against the use of prone restraints given the significant risks such a restraint method poses to the health and safety of children. If you are aware of any facility still using prone restraint or of any injuries children have sustained as a result of the use of prone restraint, we would like to hear from you. You can contact DRC-NH by calling 603-228-0432 or sending us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.