Restraining older patients: a health dilemma?

Mr Durant, a 78-year-old man, was hospitalised following a number of falls at his home. To prevent further falls, a tray was fixed to his chair as a means of restraint. However, the patient slipped off his chair and ended up with his neck wedged between the tray and the chair.  Restraints are often used to prevent falls or injuries in older patients. However, there is no evidence that they are effective; some studies have even shown that their use can generate additional risks. Consequently, restraints may only be used as a last resort, as the result of an informed medical decision. If restraint use is being considered, it must be discussed by a multi-disciplinary team and planned with the utmost care.

Date de parution : 12/2017

Thème : Restraint measures

Mots clés : Restraint measures, geriatrics

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