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Nasogastric tube feeding under physical restraint on paediatric wards: ethical, legal and practical considerations regarding this lifesaving intervention

Fuller, Sarah J.; Chapman, Simon; Cave, Emma; Druce-Perkins, James; Daniels, Poppy; Tan, Jacinta

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Authors

Sarah J. Fuller

Simon Chapman

James Druce-Perkins

Poppy Daniels

Jacinta Tan



Abstract

Eating disorders have the highest mortality rate of any psychiatric condition. Since the COVID-19 pandemic, the number of patients who have required medical stabilisation on paediatric wards has increased significantly. Likewise, the number of patients who have required medical stabilisation against their will as a lifesaving intervention has increased. This paper highlights a fictional case study aiming to explore the legal, ethical and practical considerations a trainee should be aware of. By the end of this article, readers will be more aware of this complex issue and how it might be managed, as well as the impact it can have on the patient, their family and ward staff.

Citation

Fuller, S. J., Chapman, S., Cave, E., Druce-Perkins, J., Daniels, P., & Tan, J. (2023). Nasogastric tube feeding under physical restraint on paediatric wards: ethical, legal and practical considerations regarding this lifesaving intervention. BJPsych Bulletin, 47(2), 105-110. https://doi.org/10.1192/bjb.2022.11

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Feb 3, 2022
Online Publication Date Mar 7, 2022
Publication Date 2023-04
Deposit Date Mar 8, 2022
Publicly Available Date May 18, 2023
Journal BJPsych Bulletin
Print ISSN 2056-4694
Electronic ISSN 2056-4708
Publisher Royal College of Psychiatrists
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 47
Issue 2
Pages 105-110
DOI https://doi.org/10.1192/bjb.2022.11

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