TITLE

Alternatives to restraining children for clinical procedures

AUTHOR(S)
Coyne, Imelda; Scott, Paula
PUB. DATE
March 2014
SOURCE
Nursing Children & Young People;Mar2014, Vol. 26 Issue 2, p22
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
On children's wards, restraint appears to be used often, rather than as a last resort, to assist the delivery of clinical procedures. The difference between restrictive physical intervention and therapeutic holding seems to depend on the degree of force used and whether the child gives consent. Restraint can have a negative emotional and psychological effect on children, parents or carers, and nurses. Healthcare staff need to examine their daily practice and always employ a range of interventions to seek a child's co-operation with procedures. Restraint should only be used when there is no alternative in a life-threatening situation. It is essential that all hospitals providing care for children have an explicit restraint policy and provide education, training and guidance for all healthcare staff.
ACCESSION #
94916667

 

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