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.
When alcohol withdrawal causes confusion or agitation, the goal is to prevent dangerous symptoms, like seizures, and to keep the person safe. The medicine given for symptoms of alcohol withdrawal is a treatment and not a restraint. Examples of restraint used during alcohol withdrawal include wrist restraint and lap belts.
Risks of mechanical restraint include:
Current as of: May 1, 2018
Author: Seniors Health Strategic Clinical Network, Alberta Health Services
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