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Colorado No Longer Issuing Complete Ban on Prone Restraint

In writing this I am mindful that ‘any’ fatality, serious injury or injury in these types of circumstances will and quite rightly bring about questions which need to be answered.

I am also conscious that this article focuses on prone restraint, whilst we still must be mindful of the broader issues related to other high-risk restraint techniques which carry the same injury potential.

High risk techniques - any position that a person’s body is held/restrained in that then has a significant impact upon the held/restrained person’s ability to breathe effectively.

Instead of the ban a written policy with procedures will directly address the use of prone restraint is being written which will include:

- When and how to get medical aid for use of force involving a prone restraint.

- When to get medical clearance for use of force involving a prone restraint when there are injuries or complaints of injuries.

- How and when medical aid should be rendered for any use of force involving prone restraint.

- How and when to appropriately and safety transition anyone placed in a prone position into a recovery position as soon as practicable.

It goes without question that all policies, procedures and processes need appropriate and timely reviews.

The danger regarding specific policies for high risk techniques that they may become viewed as the prescribed (right?) way of how particularly high-risk situations should be managed.

I await with great interest the publication of their policy.

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