Use of restraints

Restraint devices

Restraints in a medical setting are devices that limit a patient's movement. Restraints can help keep a person from getting hurt or doing harm to others, including their caregivers. They are used as a last resort.

There are many types of restraints. They can include:

  • Belts, vests, jackets, and mitts for the patient's hands
  • Devices that prevent people from being able to move their elbows, knees, wrists, and ankles

Other ways to restrain a patient include:

  • A caregiver holding a patient in a way that restricts the person's movement
  • Patients being given medicines against their will to restrict their movement
  • Placing a patient in a room alone, from which the person is not free to leave

When are Restraints Used?

Patient Rights