7. PHYSICAL INTERVENTIONS
All non-physical de-escalation strategies deemed appropriate by PBIS (Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports) and/or Safety Care Behavioral Safety Training will be utilized to eliminate or reduce the need for physical management of any individual.
●All Shore staff who provide direct services are trained in the use of proper physical management procedures (Safety Care).
●Physical management procedures (e.g. blocking, holds) of any individual will be utilized only as a last resort in situations where serious harm is imminent to the individual, peers, and/or staff member.
●Staff participating in physical behavior interventions must wear a mask and will be provided with additional protective equipment, i.e., disposable gloves, disposable masks, face shields, eye protection, long sleeves or gowns.
●It is important that staff involved avoid touching eyes, mouth, and nose of themselves and others.
●Only the minimum number of staff required to perform a safe physical hold of an individual will be involved. One additional staff member will monitor those who are involved in the hold. If new or additional PPE is needed or if the staff involved needs to step out, this monitoring person will provide new equipment and rotate in to maximize safety.
●First responders will be relieved as soon as possible if not wearing the appropriate level of protective equipment.
●All personal protective equipment will be removed and disposed of immediately following all physical interventions/holds.
●Staff are encouraged to have a second set of clothing available to change into if necessary.
●Any mat used during physical management will be properly cleaned and disinfected with EPA approved disinfectant after being used. If there is not time to clean/disinfect immediately after use, the mat will be stored in a designated area so that it is not used/touched until cleaning and disinfecting can be done.
●Once all health and safety issues have been addressed, regular protocols for debriefing and reporting will be followed.