The use of physical restraints, e.g., cotsides, has become a routine procedure in many UK geriatric wards. However, it is associated with numerous adverse physical and/or psychological effects. Although restraints may be indicated in some cases, the nurse should be aware of the possible consequences. Ethical dilemmas may arise. This article, the first in a two-part series, discusses the consequences of restraint use, so that the nurse can balance the potential benefits and risks before deciding upon their use.
|Pages (from-to)||155-157, 159|
|Journal||British journal of nursing (Mark Allen Publishing)|
|Publication status||Published - 9 Feb 1995|
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