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Restraint Program Overview for Nurses

Restraint Program Overview for Nurses - Clinical Hub, Patient Safety, Nursing Quality and Safety Resources, Restraint Resources and Tips


At UWHC, we aim to prevent the need for restraints, decrease the usage, with the ultimate goal of eliminating restraints. While restraints may used to protect patients, they also pose significant safety risks. Some risks associated with restraint use include skin breakdown, pneumonia, aspiration, functional decline, worsening agitation, and/or depression. Therefore, the benefits of using a restraint must be weighed carefully against the risk of using it. In addition, this risk must be re-evaluated every time a new order is obtained. Please remember that all patients who require restraints are high-risk patients!