Q: Physical restraints in delirious patients decrease overall mortality by decreasing self-harm? (select one)
This question's objective is to highlight the dangers of physical restraints, which are still frequently used in in-patient settings, including ICUs.
Physical restraints should be used ONLY ONLY ONLY as a last resort - and AS BRIEFLY AS POSSIBLE.
Not only this inhuman mode increase agitation, loss of mobility, pressure ulcers, and aspiration, but it also increases the odds of persistent delirium at hospital discharge by three folds.
Inouye SK, Zhang Y, Jones RN, et al. Risk factors for delirium at discharge: development and validation of a predictive model. Arch Intern Med 2007; 167:1406.