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Documenting Restraint

  • Outlines the policies, procedures, and protocols of documenting restraint
  • Discusses the importance of correct assessment before implementing restraint
  • Outlines the importance of consent and authorities when documenting restraint
  • Discusses the need for correct documentation if care plans include restraint
  • Outlines other resident documents needed when restraint occurs
  • Describes the importance of evaluation and education with reference to restraint

Restraint can be defined as the use of any methodology or apparatus that controls a person's choice to move freely and which cannot be easily removed by that person. It is important to correctly document any form of restraint, both physical and chemical. This chapter discusses the use of restraint in an aged care facility and its correct documentation.

Contents include

  • Introduction
  • Policies, procedures, and protocols
    • General principles
  • Assessments
  • Consents and authorities
  • Care plans
  • Other resident documents
  • Evaluation
  • Education
  • Conclusion
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Author / Editor Biographies

Sue is a Nurse Consultant and Educator. She has substantial experience working as a clinical, manager and teacher in both the private and public health care sectors. As well, she has worked as Director of Nursing of a residential aged care facility, clinical nursing in corrections health and regular night nursing shifts. She is well known as an informed, humourous and interesting teacher on a range of professional topics relevant to all levels of nursing.

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