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Sometimes health professionals need to keep a person from moving around or grabbing things. This is called restraining someone.
It can be upsetting to see your loved one restrained and tied down. But doctors only do this when people are in danger of hurting themselves or others.
Restraints can keep someone from pulling out the intravenous (IV) lines that carry medicine into the body. They can also keep a person from removing medical equipment that's attached to his or her body. This equipment helps the doctor watch for changes in the person's health.
The doctor may use restraints to keep a person from scratching or rubbing wounds. Or to keep him or her from getting out of bed if it is not safe. And they may be used if someone gets upset because of a serious injury or emotional problem.
The doctor or nurse will remove the restraints as soon as it's safe.
While your loved one is restrained, the doctor or nurse will:
Current as of: February 27, 2023
Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review:Adam Husney MD - Family Medicine & Kathleen Romito MD - Family Medicine & Christine R. Maldonado PhD - Behavioral Health
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