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CS gas has been used as chemical restraint in mentally ill person

BMJ 1997; 314 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.314.7078.444 (Published 08 February 1997) Cite this as: BMJ 1997;314:444
  1. Peter Trigwell, Senior registrar in psychiatrya
  1. a Department of Liaison Psychiatry, Leeds General Infirmary, Leeds LS1 3EX

    Editor–An event that occurred recently while I was on call as a senior registrar in psychiatry in Leeds has prompted me to become concerned about the use of CS gas by the police. An inpatient on a neurology ward in a general hospital had become suddenly and unexpectedly violent, causing injuries to hospital staff. The episode could not be contained on the ward, and so the police were called. The patient was taken to a nearby police station, and I was asked to assess his …

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