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Griffey RT, Wittels K, Gilboy N, McAfee AT. Ann Emerg Med. 2009;53:469-476.
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.
Parikh R. The Atlantic. August 18, 2014.
The inappropriate use of physical restraints on patients is considered a sentinel event. Although restraints may be used to protect patients from harm, this magazine article highlights risks related to their use—such as increased rates of pressure ulcers and delirium—and advocates for a more patient-sensitive approach to ensure the safety of both patients and caregivers.