I will share a true story which still troubles me. I was working a new job in a LTAC, first few days on the job and still fumbling with all the paperwork, when I found a poor woman hanging off the bed in a posey restraint, apneic and pulseless. I was the only RN in the building, called 911 and started CPR but I could not revive her. This is the kind of death that goes to the ME.
I had to file beaucoup paperwork and be interviewed over the phone. Later the ME called me himself to tell me the patient had a massive MI and the restraint was ruled out as causative....I was heartbroken over this and this eased my mind somewhat. Of course I would have been responsible should he have found otherwise, even tho I hadn't restrained the woman (the aides had, I was not told, nor were they making sufficient rounds). This was before all the 'new' restraint rules and incidents like this is likely why they were instituted.
I decided if I was to be responsible for restrained patients I wanted a say in it... where I could directly observe my patients...in ICU or similar. To this day a report of a restrained patient 'down the hall' scares me to death . I see this occasionally in my agency travels.