Restraints in Dementia Care: A Nurse's Guide to Minimizing Their Use

July 17, 2019|
Restraints in Dementia Care: A Nurse's Guide to Minimizing Their Use by Atul Sunny Luthra
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Your best tool to optimize patient care by minimizing restraint use

Frontline nurses face fraught decisions every day about whether and how to use restraints in dementia care. They need to consider many complicated issues: legislation governing the use of restraints, the policies of health-care facilities, the expectations of families, and—most importantly—the well-being, dignity, and safety of patients and care providers.

Frontline nurses need the right support to navigate decisions about restraint use.

Dr. Atul Sunny Luthra and his colleagues have developed an algorithm to provide that support. Their work comes from focus-group consultations with frontline staff, a review of current literature on restraint use, and a clear summary of key legislation. The algorithm’s systematic approach ensures restraints are a last-resort measure, and puts the right steps in place when restraints are necessary.

This short guide includes:

  • A review of nurses’ perspectives on restraint use.
  • Alternatives to restraints in patient management and assessment of clinical indicators for restraint use.
  • Procedures to ensure informed consent when restraints are necessary.
  • A reference on appropriate and inappropriate restraint use in everyday clinical situations.
Atul Sunny Luthra, MD, MSc, FRCPC, is the medical coordinator for the Program for Older Adults at Homewood Health Centre in Guelph, Ontario, Canada. He is the medical lead in the Behavioural Health Unit at St. Peter’s Hospital, Hamilton Health Sciences, and is an associate clinical professor in the Department of Psychiatry and B...
Title:Restraints in Dementia Care: A Nurse's Guide to Minimizing Their Use
Product dimensions:96 pages, 7.3 X 5.3 X 0.3 in
Shipping dimensions:96 pages, 7.3 X 5.3 X 0.3 in
Published:July 17, 2019
Publisher:Brush Education
Appropriate for ages:All ages
ISBN - 13:9781550597998

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