Nursing studies

What is breakaway training and why do nursing students need it?

How the training can prepare students to anticipate and escape volatile situations should they encounter an aggressive patient or service user

How the training can prepare students to anticipate and escape volatile situations should they encounter an aggressive patient or service user

Breakaway techniques are physical skills ‘to help separate or break away from an aggressor in a safe manner’, according to the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) .

If you have been properly trained in breakaway techniques, you should be able to escape from a potentially dangerous situation, such as a patient or service user grabbing you by the wrist.

Breakaway, de-escalation and restraint – what are the differences?

Breakaway is different to de-escalation techniques, which refers to the verbal and non-verbal skills used to defuse anger and avert aggression.

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