How to Avoid Using Restraints

Whenever a patient has to be restrained, the process causes a serious injury threat to both the patient and the nurse applying the restraints. Moreover, as the number of mentally challenged patients increases in hospitals, medical professionals are being exposed to more risks than ever before. This can be really hard for medical professionals working in long shifts.

However, using a good policy can help you decrease the number of restraints used on patients despite the increasing number of mentally challenged patients. Restraints should be used as a last resort when nothing else works. Other alternatives are being developed to help calm down violent patients.

Here are some steps you can use to decrease the use of hospital restraints.

Use Medications

Whenever you receive a patient who is agitated and angry, you should medicate him right away to avoid him from getting violent. Timely medication can help improve the medical condition of your patient, and can calm them down as well.

As a medical professional, it is your duty to keep the patient, and everyone else around them safe. Make sure that you do not have to use force to medicate the patient. You should only use restraints as the last resort when a patient won’t cooperate.

Make The Patient Aware of The Consequences

Another thing which can help you avoid using physical restraints is making the patient aware of the consequences if they continue not to cooperate with you. You should have a large group of people arrive in the patient’s room, and tell him that he will be physically restrained if he does not cooperate with the medical staff.

Since no patient wants to be physically restrained, they will try their best to control themselves, and might even take medication they have been refusing to take.