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Side rails as physical restraints in the care of older people: a management issue

Gallinagh, Roisin, Slevin, Eamonn and McCormack, Brendan (2002) Side rails as physical restraints in the care of older people: a management issue. Journal of Nursing Management, 10 (5). pp. 299-306. [Journal article]

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URL: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/jnm.2002.10.issue-5/issuetoc

DOI: 10.1046/j.1365-2834.2002.00319.x

Abstract

This article explores the use of side rails within the context of physical restraint in gerontological practice. It is debated that side rails can be considered as a form of physical restraint if the individual cannot voluntarily remove/lower the device if he/she wishes to do so. The value of side rails as a protective medium is debated with regard to their association with injuries sustained as a result. Side rails should be used with caution and within a risk management context. Frailty should not be an indicator for the use of side rails, an individualized approach to determine patient's suitability to side rails is advocated.

Item Type:Journal article
Faculties and Schools:Faculty of Life and Health Sciences
Faculty of Life and Health Sciences > School of Nursing
Research Institutes and Groups:Institute of Nursing and Health Research
Institute of Nursing and Health Research > Person-centred Practice
Institute of Nursing and Health Research > Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
ID Code:15714
Deposited By: Dr Eamonn Slevin
Deposited On:20 Sep 2010 11:36
Last Modified:12 Apr 2011 10:17

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