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Nursing Implications for Creating and Maintaing a Restraint-Free Unit Uviversity of Central Florida
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Nursing Implications for Creating and Maintaining a Restraint-Free Unit University of Central Florida Elyce Logalbo March 22, 2012 Abstract The use of restraints in the critical care setting to maintain patient safety is a widely-debated topic with conflicting research and varying practice.
Alternatives to physical and chemical restraints are explored in this research review, as well as the nursing implications for creating and maintaining a unit that is restraint-free. A restraint free environment in the ICU is a situation where there is nothing that restricts the movement of the patient in the ICU. In restraint ICU, the patient is not allowed to make any movements by either controlling them physically with physical devices that limit their movements. Most hospitals today work towards having restraint free environments that would not restrict the movement of patients. To achieve this, nurses have a very important role in the creation and maintenance of the restraint free environments. The philosophy of nurses suggests that nursing includes taking care of someone by showing them love and concern. “This love and concern must also include the use of professional care for the patient” (Benbenbishty, 2010). When taking care of someone, the nurse has to ensure that both his and her emotional, physical, and spiritual needs are met. It is also important for a nurse to ensure that while taking care of the patient, they must treat them with respect and dignity and to ensure that their needs and wishes are met. Nurses also have to realize that everyone ages, that aging is a very natural process, and that the old are human beings. ...
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