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AJN The American Journal of Nursing. 108(3):40-49, March 2008
Avoiding Restraints in Older Adults with Dementia walks viewers through a scenario involving a patient with dementia admitted after falling at home, and found to have an underlying urinary tract infection. The patient repeatedly pulls out his IV and Foley catheter during the night shift. As a result, wrist restraints are applied to protect the catheter and IV, and to keep him from climbing out of bed in his confused state. During this program, viewers will learn how to work backward from the problem and use a variety of best practices to eliminate the need for restraints, and to minimize the likelihood of future hospitalizations for the older adult with dementia.
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