Hazards Of Restraints

The following hazards are possible and could cause serious harm to the patient:

a. Tissue damage under the restraint.

b. Damage to other parts of the body.

c. Development of pressure areas.

d. Nerve damage.

e. Injury or death to the helpless, restrained patient due to fire or other occurrences.

f. Inability to effectively resuscitate a patient who had cardiac arrest.

NOTE: Shoulder dislocations are especially problematic if the patient is combative during the application of the restraints or has a grand mal seizure while restrained.

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