Use of physical restraints in acute hospitals in Germany: a multi-centre cross-sectional study.

  title={Use of physical restraints in acute hospitals in Germany: a multi-centre cross-sectional study.},
  author={C{\"a}cilia Kr{\"u}ger and Herbert Mayer and Burkhart Haastert and Gabriele Meyer},
  journal={International journal of nursing studies},
  volume={50 12},
BACKGROUND Physical restraints are contrary to patients' autonomy and freedom. Their justification for controlling psychomotor agitation and risk of falling is being questioned more and more often. Physical restraints are associated with many negative outcomes. The German law is explicit, allowing physical restraints in nursing only as an exception. Data on the use of physical restraints in acute hospitals in Germany are sparse. OBJECTIVES To investigate the prevalence of physical restraints… CONTINUE READING


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