Apply Restraints

Wrist and ankle restraints are used when it is necessary to restrict movement of the limbs. This will include when a patient is potentially harmful to himself or to others, to prevent the patient from removing tubes or other appliances, or to immobilize a part while a procedure is being done. These restraints may be leather, linen, or improvised from other materials.

NOTE: Disposable and reusable linen may be used as wrist and ankle restraints, but only if the purpose is to limit movement. They are not a secure method of restraining violent patients.

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