Reducing the ability to kick
It was stated that a female patient had previously caused numerous injuries to staff by kicking and this had been a major concern during the planning of her escort.
To counteract this, the cushion was used “very effectively and significantly reduced her ability to kick”. It was reported that both patient and staff arrived at their destination “without injury” despite the fact the patient attempted to assault staff numerous times without any success. Nathan Bibey of West London Mental Health NHS Trust, said: “The team and I that were involved in the escort strongly believe that this was due to the effectiveness of the pillow [XL cushion].
Mr Bibey said he was in the process of organising another high risk escort and would be using the XL Cushion again.