Putting a patient in any type of restraint can be very depressing for any nurse. That’s because using restraints on a human feels like taking their freedom away. But there are many circumstances in which the only way to keep a patient safe is restraining them, as well as anyone else around them.
However, that doesn’t mean every patient can be restrained, as it is the duty of every healthcare worker to make sure that the patient is provided with the best treatment, and is allowed to move freely. Physical restraints must never be used for discipline purposes. If a staff member uses restraints on a patient inappropriately, he or she can be subjected to severe consequence. All types of hospital restraints must only be used as a last resort to keep the patient, and everyone else around them safe.
Using Restraints at The Right Time
A patient’s behavior is the deciding factor when it comes to choosing the right time to use restraints on them. Even if a patient has a proof of violence in their history, that doesn’t justify the use restraints against them. The decision to use any type of restraint is made purely by the medical staff who runs thorough tests on the patient to assess the need. Usually, treating the underlying cause of a patient’s violent behavior is the key to avoid using restraints completely.
A physician must also assess the pros and cons of using restraints on a patient prior to making any decision in favor of, or against using hospital restraints.
More input is taken from every medical professional treating the patient, and his behavior is analyzed before a final decision is made.
This is how medical professionals ensure careful use of hospital restraints.