Physical restraint involves “any direct physical contact where the intervener's intention is to prevent, restrict, or subdue movement of the body, or part of the body of another person” (Dept. of Health, 2014 p.26). Such restrictive interventions are used to take control of situations deemed to be dangerous, where there is a real possibility of harm being caused, if no action were to be taken. The actions are designed to end, or significantly reduce, the danger presented to the patient or others including staff (Dept. of Health, 2015). To read the full article, log in using your SSSFT NHS OpenAthens details.