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Alternatives to Restraint Use

In the early stages of recovery following a brain injury, it is not uncommon for some of these individuals to be 'agitated' while in hospital.  Signs of agitation can include restlessness, pulling at tubes or dressings or trying to get out of bed.  Acute care hospitals sometimes use restraints and observers to reduce falls and injuries among ABI patients, when they are in this state.

Best Practices and Guidelines

The following provide best practices and guidelines on the use of restraints and their alternatives:

Tools and Resources

 The following tools and resources may assist staff in expediting the process of restraints/observers: