Challenge in management of aggressive clients in psychiatric setting: Development of four-point physical restraints

V. Binil, Christopher Sudhaker, Supriya Hegde, B. Unnikrishnan, Alphonsa Ancheril

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Abstract

Introduction: The use of physical restraints is a very common procedure in psychiatric setting from the beginning of psychiatry as a branch of medicine. Any measure that keep someone under control is called a restraint. Four-point physical restraints are required for managing clients with mental illness. Material and Method: The objective of the project was to develop a safe and secure soft limb restraints for aggressive clients. A set of soft limb restraints (two each for upper and lower limbs) was developed along with user guidelines. High quality narrow woven fabric material was selected for preparing the restraints. The restraints were tested in 5 psychiatric hospitals. A 12 item checklist was developed and validated for assessing the user friendliness of the restraints. Necessary modifications were made based on the feedback given by the nurses who tested it. Results: All the nurses (100%) reported that the developed restraints were easy to apply, easy to remove and met the safety of the clients. Conclusion: The restraints developed was found to be more safe and operable as compared to other commercially available restraints.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)205-209
Number of pages5
JournalIndian Journal of Forensic Medicine and Toxicology
Volume13
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 01-01-2019

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Pathology and Forensic Medicine
  • Toxicology
  • Law
  • Health, Toxicology and Mutagenesis

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