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Use of restrictive practices: the ethical, legal and practical issues

How can nurses carry out safe and humane interventions with individuals as well as identify and challenge the misuse of restrictive practices in the workplace?

How can nurses carry out safe and humane interventions with individuals as well as identify and challenge the misuse of restrictive practices in the workplace?

Scandals involving misuse of restrictive practices, sometimes referred to as restraint, have led to renewed calls for these interventions to be safe, humane, and only undertaken when in the best interests of the individual and in proportion to risk.

According to research conducted by the Restraint Reduction Network (RRN) , at least half of the occasions when restrictive practices are used are unnecessary and preventable.

What interventions does the term restrictive practices cover?

There are four

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