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Nurses under pressure to use restraints

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Nurses often turn to patient restraints because of pressure from managers to reduce falls, according to Hong Kong researchers.

They interviewed 22 hospital nurses on the use of restraints and their opinions of appropriate means to reduce their use.

Nurses said they used restraints mainly to prevent falls and injuries to patients, and they consistently cited insufficient staffing as one of the major reasons for their use, the authors said.

‘They [nurses] expressed dissatisfaction with management with regard to the pressure they felt was placed on them to reduce fall rates and restraint use,’ they added.

‘A restraint-free environment will not materialise until staff, family, and administrators view restraints as the problem and not the solution,’ they said.

BMC Nursing (2007)

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