Quote from arckangel6983
I'm a training Personal Support Worker which is a Certified Nursing Assistant in Canada. My question is about stateside policies on bed rails and geri chairs that have been requested by family as a means of guaranteeing safety and security to the client.
If a facility has removed those contracted items, saying they are unnecessary restraints, and they are allowing patients to fall, what can be done?
A quick response is very desireable.
Those items ARE restraints and cannot be implemented simply because families want them.
The facility is not ALLOWING patients to fall by removing side rails and geri chairs from routine use.
Restraint use NEVER guaranteed safety and security for patients, and indeed frequently presented a higher risk for pressure ulcers, increased incontinence, total loss of mobility, social isolation, depression, falls resulting in severe injuries, and serious
restraint-related injuries including fatalities
If you look carefully at how things are done in your facility, I think you'll find that other measures to prevent falls and minimize fall-related injuries are in place.