Restraints are the devices and methods employed to limit the movement of patients while receiving treatment from their caregivers or doctors. Use of the devices is aimed at protecting the patients from harming themselves, other patients, or even their caregivers. It is a well-known fact that some form of illnesses are bound to alter with the normal mindset of patients. Such change could have behavioral change as well that could be manifested through unnecessary kicking and screaming for example.
While the use of restraints is controversial, the answer to the question of whether the devices are useful is more than obvious. Chaos would be the anticipated outcome of a scenario where the use of the devices was inhibited. The amount of harm and destruction caused because of failing to use the methods when necessary is far beyond the imaginable as some of the patients are confused. It is as if they are not in control of their own bodies.
However, it is also important to pay into account the rights accruing to the patients. Use of restraints ought to be the last resort after attempting several other methods. It is wrong for the devices to be used as a form of punishment or intended to cause harm (Dugdalle, D.2009). The reason for employing the devices is supposed to be clear and justified, with the devices removed as soon as the patient is safe. Administering of restraints is only carried out by trained professionals who sign documents showing records of amount and type of restraint used. Keen attention is required to ensure the patient’s health is sustained while the restraints are in use as different patients react differently to use of various kinds of restraints.
Dugdalle, D. (2009). The Joint Commission. Comprehensive Accreditation Manual for Hospitals within the Managing Human Resources standards, 4(1), 2-8.