Restraint Safety

The use of restraints is only appropriate if the patient is a danger to themselves or others. Hospitals must have a clear and standardized protocol for the appropriateness of implementing restraints, the vetting process of other possible mechanisms, the type of restraints that should be used, and the monitoring and re-evaluation required. Our APSS Blueprints provide healthcare organizations with practical, evidence-based checklists and protocols to establish a restraint safety program.

Executive Summary

The Problem Many organizations have a restraint policy in place. However, the extent to which the key component of this policy – appropriate indications to override patient rights – is executed is often variable and as such, poses a major risk to patient safety and hospital reputation. Many organizations lack a

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