A video of the incident went viral online, and the boy’s family sued the Sacramento police department for $100,000 ($137,500 AUD), claiming the boy had been traumatised. This is especially so when combined with other restraint techniques. In April, Carlos Ingram Lopez, a 27-year-old cooking school graduate, died in Tucson, Arizona, after police held him down and covered his face with a blanket and a hood. Constant notes. It's almost impossible to hold the head still, but even if you can get the mask on, the pt will either literally eat it, or shake his head and move his mouth hard enough to dislodge the mask. I have had unrestrained pts not remove the bipap while they actively vomited into the mask. Our members represent more than 60 professional nursing specialties. prevent but have come to accept. MOTOTEKS Mouth Shield Mask for Restaurant Hotel Hospital Spit Shield Mask Protection Food Truck Beauty Salon Clear film Protective Mouth Reusable Cover Sanitary Environmental (10pcs) Brand: Mototeks 3.9 out of 5 stars 1,572 ratings Just because it is on doesn't mean it's blowing. Anyway, panties, great idea! Police officers in Sacramento, California, for instance, placed a hood on the head of a 12-year-old boy, who officers said was spitting at them, in April 2019. Sorry that happened. Most police departments in the United States have them on hand. There is no putting a surgical mask on these people. I am talking about young, healthy men. But, if you bill for a large expensive item, you had better be able to account for it and justify its use. Even if the patient doesn't pay, the cost can be counted on paper. I think many of you don't have a good mental image of the pt I am trying paint an image of. Prude’s death, along with the jarring body camera footage of him being subdued, has brought new scrutiny to the long-standing use of spit hoods and similar devices by law enforcement. An autopsy found the cause of death was “complications of asphyxia in the setting of physical restraint.”. Source: AP/Rochester Police. When the doc denied him pain meds, went ballistic and spit on me. Has 2 years experience. allnurses.com, INC, 7900 International Drive #300, Bloomington MN 55425 You also take an hospital expensive machine out of service for someone who really needs it. He then tried to eat the catheter and attatched tubing. I am talking about a pt that can have 6 or so staff members, all men, including a cop laying on him and he can still throw people off. They may be thinking they're being held captive, I've had patients screaming to the cops "Help I'm Being kidnapped!" Just because it is on doesn't mean it's blowing. 95% NO visibility 5% see through Key Features: Face area: zero transparency Conceal persons identity Spit prevention The simple threat of spit is a fact that officials can not prevent but have come to accept. That further restricts their ability to breathe.”, He added: “They’re really restricting airflow, and they can often lead to people asphyxiating and dying.”. This is why I never, EVER say names!! You can put on garb for isolation to protect your clothing too. Sure enough a few hours later he comes rolling thru the door. It's like saying the "Q" word.....never fails! Since 1997, allnurses is trusted by nurses around the globe. For those who do not die, the trauma of being spit-hooded can have lasting effects. um, I think "most" of us DO understand the image you're trying to paint, because we've been there. Our EMS and police have spit bags. Plus, if I did use it for a non respiratory purpose, couldn't I just turn down the rate and amt of forced air. Wish everyone could take a turn in my ED. duck and cover. Those things are a joke for most pts. If you alter the intended purposes, you would have a very difficult time explaining yourself in a sentinel investigation. Shouldn't underestimate a fit and strong nurse. It is better to give whatever chemical restraint for the short term to get them cleared medically and sent to the appropriate unit or facility and one that is equipped to deal with these patients. Add ETOH and some cocaine, plus noncompliance with psych meds and add a heavy dose of ****** off. Spit hoods are more often used by corrections officers, in prisons and jails, Petzer said, and many police departments do not issue them to patrol officers. By using the site you agree to our Privacy, Cookies, and Terms of Service Policies. Why not a mask on the patient, the kind that has loops over the ears? We ALL feel your pain, unfortunately we don't have the power to make our patients behave the way we want them to. Until we can get them calmed down(Chemically,Physically or if need be tubed). We always have those handy and they'd be far easier to throw on someone who is uncooperative than trying to loop the elastic of a mask over the ears. The devices are intended to keep an emotionally disturbed person from biting or spitting on an officer, not just to prevent the spread of diseases but also to avoid other injuries. The one pt I am referring to here actually had an IV that he ripped out with his mouth while in restraints. Those things are a joke for most pts. Specializes in ER. Anti-spit hat. Also, even if I am giving IMs, I am still in spit range plus no medication is immediate acting unless given IV. Specializes in LTC. Jacob Bauer died in Pleasanton, California, in August 2018 after police restrained him with batons and Tasers and applied a spit mask to his face. A medical study published in 2019 found the use of a spit hood produced “no clinically significant changes” in a person’s ability to breathe, provided he or she was healthy. I have used those. Intubation is just a temporary solution and they will have to wake up sooner. The coronavirus pandemic — and the risk that officers could be infected by a suspect’s saliva — have drawn attention to the use of spit hoods, although it is difficult to track whether use of the devices has increased in the last six months. Of course when I am no longer in spitting range, I'd take it off. He then tried to eat the catheter and attatched tubing. They're large and strong on any given day. Plus, if I did use it for a non respiratory purpose, couldn't I just turn down the rate and amt of forced air. Plus he is now biting and I don't want to put my little fingers that close to his mouth. Specializes in EMS, ED, Trauma, CNE, CEN, CPEN, TCRN. We have a huge hood, four point restraint. For home care and the hospital models, the IPAP and EPAP along with the rate control flow as does the rise and flow termination settings, determine the amount of flow. Specializes in Trauma, Teaching. With security holding the guy down, throw in an IV (fit young men have great veins) .... give the Haloperidol and Lorazepam ...stand back and wait. Those things are a joke for most pts. © 2017 Stearns Wear — All rights reserved. If you have story pitches, feedback or would like to get in touch, please email dateline@sbs.com.au.