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

Roisin Gallinagh, Eamonn Slevin, Brendan McCormack

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    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.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)299-306
    JournalJournal of Nursing Management
    Volume10
    Issue number5
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2002

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