State Mental Hospital Improperly Restrained Patient

BUTNER, N.C.
Published: November 27, 2008

A Butner, N.C.,-based state mental hospital has allegedly strapped a patient to a bed facedown for more than an hour, violating proper procedures and potentially endangering the patient, according to internal records.

Central Regional Hospital retrained a 24-year-old man on Nov. 19 after he verbally threatened staff and resisted blood tests.

At least five health care technicians were involved in the incident. It is unclear why the patient was restrained in a facedown position. The position can make it harder for a patient to breathe and can exacerbate the risk of heart problems. However, the patient appeared to be cooperative during his restraint.

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