2010 Resolution on 'Restraint'

10th EACH EUROPEAN CONFERENCE IN DUBLIN

June 16 – June 19, 2010

Final Resolution

In the best interests of the child EACH, the European Association for Children in Hospital, advocates:

Restraint* should be avoided in medical procedures, unless there is no alternative in a life threatening situation.
According to the EACH Charter, all hospitals where children are treated should have appropriately trained staff and organisational frameworks to mitigate children’s fear, pain and distress (article 7 of the EACH Charter and Annotations).

* Other expressions used for restraint are:
- Forced immobilization of a child imposed by adults or by any mechanical means;
- Clinical holding;
- Therapeutic holding;
- Fixation.

Resolved on June 19, 2010 by the EACH General Assembly held in Dublin where members from the following countries were represented:

Austria,
the Czech Republic,
Croatia,
Finland,
France,
Germany,
Hungary,
Ireland,
The Netherlands,
Portugal,
Sweden,
Switzerland,
the United Kingdom,
Japan.

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