More Nurses Could Reduce Need for Hospital Restraints, Study Says

August 24, 2016

(UPI) – Some patients’ movement needs to be restricted in order to prevent them from hurting themselves or falling, or disrupting their own treatment. New research suggests, however, that restraints are used less when more nurses are on duty. The use of hospital restraints has declined steadily, at least partially because doctors and patients prefer they not be used, but in hospitals with more registered nurses on shifts restraints are far less likely to be used, according to the new study, published in the Journal of General Internal Medicine.