The use of restraints in the healthcare setting can severely harm the patient, as well as undermine the trust that is essential in a patient / caregiver relationship. Both CMS and The Joint Commission stress that the use of restraints is a last resort and that alternatives to restraints must be explored and implemented. This program highlights evidence-based strategies for alternatives to restraints.
- What is and what is not considered a restraint
- Triggers that lead to problematic behavior
- How to assess and evaluate the patient's behavior
- De-escalation techniques and how to apply them
- Appropriate monitoring and assessment
- Practical alternative interventions
- Documentation requirements for CMS and The Joint Commission