Family Information About Physical Restraints
At Calvert Memorial Hospital, we consider the use of physical restraints a temporary and unusual measure. We believe that the ability to move around freely is important for our patient's health and dignity.
There are, however, times when a physician may order restraints for a patient whose behavior is unsafe. If restraints are used, the patient is monitored and reassessed frequently by trained staff and the restraints are removed as quickly as possible based on the patient assessment.
Often, diversional activities like frequent visitors, television, music, activity pillows, family videos and physical exercise can be used in lieu of physical restraints. Family and friends may be asked to visit as often as possible to provide extra support or to bring some familiar items from home, which may be comforting to the patient.