Journal Article

Use of a computerized forcing function improves performance in ordering restraints.

Griffey RT; Wittels K; Gilboy N; McAfee AT.

Computerized reminders to renew orders for physical restraints were combined with a forcing function—denial of computer access until the order was completed—in this trial conducted in an emergency department. Although clinician ordering behavior improved, no significant improvement was found in the amount of time patients spent in restraints.