Restraints in Hospitalized Dementia Patients

Studies have shown that using restraints with older adults yields poor outcomes. Things like functional decline, decreased peripheral circulation, cardiovascular stress, incontinence, muscle atrophy, pressure ulcers, infections, agitation, social isolation, psychiatric morbidity, serious injuries, and even death have been known to occur. Those with the highest risks for these outcomes are older patients with dementia, as they feel the need to escape and resist care because they feel lost, trapped, and confused. A tip sheet is available on our website which discusses this issue in depth. The sheet provides communication, treatment, and prevention tips in regards to restraints, as well as suggestions for the best restraint free care. You can access the full tip sheet here >>

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