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Patient Restraint1 Running head PATIENT RESTRAINT PROTOCOLS Patient Restraint Protocols Patient Restraint2 Patient restraints have been a hot issue within the past ten to fifteen years in nursing There have been numerous studies done on the adverse affects restraints have on patients physiologically and psychologically Anger fear impaired mobility bladder and bowel incontinence eating difficulty skin breakdown and nosocomial infections have all been associated with the use of restraints Weeks 1997 Janelli 1995 Therefore there has been a move to limit the use of restraints and develop safer protocols for the times that they are used All hospitals today have restraint protocols that nursing staff should follow when implementing the use of restraints However the nursing staff does not always follow these protocols Protocols often include making sure that the restraints have been tied safely for easy removal and doing frequent checks at least every two hours to assess for circulation and skin breakdown under and around restraints This author has observed that the restraints are not always tied correctly There have been times that restraints had to be cut off with scissors because they have been knotted very tightly to the beds It has also been observed that some patients have not been assessed every two hours However it is frequently documented on restraint sheets that patients are being assessed every two hours when they really are not This clinical problem has been identified to be taking place on a 44 bed medical-surgical unit in an inner city hospital It is a very busy unit with only 4-5 RNs 1-2 LPNs and 2-3 PCAs working on the unit The unit for the most part receives patients with neurological and respiratory problems The patients can range in age from 18 to 100 Patient Restraint3
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