Journal of Nursing & Care

ISSN: 2167-1168

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Claudia Lai

Centre for Gerontological Nursing, School of Nursing, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University,
Hong Kong

  • Review Article
    Use of Physical Restraints in a Rehabilitation Setting: Findings from a Point Prevalence Survey
    Author(s): Claudia LaiClaudia Lai

    A point prevalence survey among 125 patients in two units of a rehabilitation facility showed that the physical restraint rate was 12.8% (n=16). The survey examined the reason(s) for restraint use, whether its use had been explained, consent obtained and documented, whether the restraint had been appropriately applied and patients monitored during the period when restraint was applied, and whether alternatives had been attempted. Interestingly, six patients were found to have had their restraints removed either before or after the survey. A slightly less restrictive form of restraint, boxing gloves, was used for seven patients instead of limbs holders. Three patients remained restrained. The results of this study revealed that there was room for improvement in practice of restraints, and that measures to reduce the use of restraints were not necessarily very costly. Applying physical .. Read More»
    DOI: 10.4172/2167-1168.1000240

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