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.
It’s important to protect life-saving medical devices, especially when a person is confused or agitated. It’s also important to help the person recover as quickly as possible, so the devices are no longer needed. Examples of restraints used to protect medical devices include soft wrist restraints, soft padded mitts on hands, and medicines.
Current as of: May 1, 2018
Author: Seniors Health Strategic Clinical Network, Alberta Health Services
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