Recent emphasis on human rights has led to concern about the use of physical restraints in the clinical setting and whether such use might violate patients' rights, autonomy, and dignity. The use of physical restraints has the potential for causing injury, especially when improperly used. Therefore, literature reports of research related to physical restraints have increased. As a result, some foreign countries have instituted procedures and policies regulating the use of restraints. The prevalence of physical restraint use has decreased; some institutions have even eliminated the use of physical restraints. By contrast, according to domestic studies, the prevalence of restraint use remains high in Taiwan. Clinical nurses' knowledge about alternative methods of restraint is insufficient; they even doubt the effectiveness and the feasibility of using alternative methods in the clinical setting. Hence, this report focused on the reasons for restraining patients, the effects of physical restraints, and alternative methods to use. Findings provide nurses with current information on problems associated with physical restraints, identify multiple choices to use before applying physical restraints, and describe how to apply restraints properly in order to prevent accidents and injury. Such education is necessary to preserve the safety and dignity of the patients and to prevent malpractice suits related to improper use and application of physical restraints.
|Original language||Traditional Chinese|
|Number of pages||7|
|Publication status||Published - 2002|