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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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A randomized clinical trial to compare the use of safety net enclosures with standard restraints in agitated hospitalized patients.
Nawaz H, Abbas A, Sarfraz A, et al. J Hosp Med. 2007;2:385-393.
Using physical restraints is a common method to prevent injury in agitated hospitalized patients, but it also can lead to undesired outcomes. This study showed that the SOMA Safe EnclosureTM appears to be a safe, effective type of restraint that is more acceptable to family members and physicians than the types of restraints currently in use.