We all want safe, compassionate care for those we care about, and those we care for. Sometimes safety requires limiting a person’s activity or behaviour. Restraining a person is a last resort in an emergency or when other things haven’t worked. Many healthcare providers, including Alberta Health Services (AHS) have a Restraint as a Last Resort policy. There are 4 types of restraint:
Patients and their care partners can give ideas to lower or avoid the use of restraint. If the use of restraint is likely to continue, the patient or guardian needs to consent to this care plan, unless it becomes an emergency such as a physical safety risk.
The goals during a behavioural emergency are to:
The goals after a behavioural emergency are to:
Current as of: May 1, 2018
Author: Addiction and Mental Health Provincial Policy Team, Alberta Health Services
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