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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.
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Hall DK, Zimbro KS, Maduro RS, Petrovitch D, Ver Schneider P, Morgan M. J Nurs Care Qual. 2018;33:143-148.
Although physical restraints may be used to protect patients in intensive care units from falls and other accidents, inappropriate restraint use can contribute to adverse events. This commentary describes how one hospital implemented a program using education and team communication tactics to reduce opportunities for patient harm associated with restraint use.