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J Nurs Adm. 1998 Nov;28(11):19-24.

Prevalence and patterns of physical restraint use in the acute care setting.

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  • 1College of Nursing, Rush University, Chicago, IL, USA.


Nurse executives usually have the principal responsibility to respond to the national movement to reduce physical restraint use in hospitals. The results of this three-site, interdisciplinary, prospective incidence study (based on more than 49,000 observations collected on 18 randomly selected days) reveal new patterns in the rationale and types of restraints used. The authors discuss how the results can be used in measuring success and allocating resources for restraint reduction programs.

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