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Post-Seclusion Debriefing: A Core Nursing Intervention

Authors

  • Heather Needham RPN, BN, Grad Dip, MN,

    1. Heather Needham, RPN, BN, Grad Dip, MN, is a Clinical Nurse Educator, Eastern Health, Maroondah Hospital, East Ringwood; and Natisha Sands, RPN, BN (Hons), PhD, is a Senior Lecturer, Coordinator, Mental Health Nursing, School of Nursing, University of Melbourne, Carlton, Victoria, Australia.
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  • Natisha Sands RPN, BN (Hons), PhD

    1. Heather Needham, RPN, BN, Grad Dip, MN, is a Clinical Nurse Educator, Eastern Health, Maroondah Hospital, East Ringwood; and Natisha Sands, RPN, BN (Hons), PhD, is a Senior Lecturer, Coordinator, Mental Health Nursing, School of Nursing, University of Melbourne, Carlton, Victoria, Australia.
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Author contact: heather.needham@easternhealth.org.au, with a copy to the Editor: gpearson@uchc.edu

Abstract

PURPOSE:  The purpose of this study was to investigate the frequency and type of post-seclusion debriefing provided by nurses at a psychiatric unit in Melbourne, Australia.

DESIGN AND METHODS:  The study employed an exploratory research design. An analysis of the seclusion register was undertaken to identify the total number of seclusions over a 1-year period. A file audit tool was developed to identify seclusion debriefing interventions documented in consumer case files.

FINDINGS:  Post-seclusion debriefing is not routinely performed following an episode of seclusion.

PRACTICE IMPLICATIONS:  A post-seclusion debriefing framework needs to be developed to support best practice in managing seclusion.

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