New Study Shows Ways to Decrease Use of Restraints at Nursing Homes

A new German study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association claims that if staff is properly trained and support materials are provided to nurses, staff, residents, and relatives, the use of physical restraints in nursing homes can be greatly reduced.

Evidence has shown that use of physical restraints in nursing homes, such as bed rails and belts, is typically ineffective and can cause injuries to patients -physical as well as psychological.

After choosing an intervention group of nursing homes and a control group, the researchers from the University of Hamburg set out to determine if intervention tactics such as staff training and education would reduce the use of physical restraint among patients. After six months, the intervention-group had reduced physical-restraint use significantly – from 32% to 23%. The control group only dropped physical-restraint use slightly – from 31% to 29%.

In a news release, the German researchers wrote that changing the “culture of care” among nurses and staff may account for the notable difference and that nursing home care “does not necessitate the administration of physical restraints.”

Nursing Home Care in Florida

In Florida, only a doctor, except in cases of emergency, can order physical-restraint use for a nursing home patient. The physician must clearly outline why a patient is being physically restrained and for how long it will continue.

Improper use of physical restraints can lead to bed sores, atrophied muscles, strangulation, depression, and disorientation.

Be Aware

If you suspect a loved one has been injured due to neglect or improper physical-restraint at a Florida nursing home, contacting a Tallahassee, FL nursing home abuse lawyer at Farah & Farah may be a wise move. There is absolutely no excuse for the mistreatment of the most vulnerable among us. Call us at (800) 533-3555. We are here to protect you and your family.