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chemical restraint1

Etymology: Gk, chemeia, alchemy; restringere, to confine
the use of psychotropics, hypnotics, or anxiolytics to control a potentially violent patient.

chemical restraint2

a nursing intervention from the Nursing Interventions Classification (NIC) defined as administration, monitoring, and discontinuation of psychotropic agents used to control an individual's extreme behavior. See also Nursing Interventions Classification.

chemical restraint

A psychopharmacologic sedative agent used for control or discipline, which is not required to treat medical symptoms.

chemical restraint

A sedative or tranquilizer given to a patient to reduce agitation or potentially hazardous behavior.


Psychoactive drugs should be given to patients only when other less invasive and less hazardous means of calming or stabilizing behavior have been exhausted or when there is imminent risk of injury without their use.
See also: restraint


control of an animal so that it can be examined or treated.

restraint bag
see feline restraint bag.
restraint cage
see squeeze cage.
chemical restraint
tranquilizers, sedatives and anesthetics are used depending on the wildness of the animal. See also blow dart.
diversionary restraint
use of various techniques to distract the animal and permit minimal physical restraint, usually used on horses. Examples are tapping or rubbing the head, using a blindfold, pressure on a skin fold, holding an ear, applying a chain shank over the bridge of the nose and use of a war bridle.
physical restraint
includes everything from halters to casting harness for horses, from hog-holders to dog-catchers.
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Both hospitals had least restraint policies addressing both physical and chemical restraint in place for the study duration.
Part of this confusion arises from historical discussion of restraint within the wider context of other aversive responses to behavior such as seclusion, mechanical devices, chemical restraint, corporal punishment and noxious substances.
In the ED, chemical restraint should be used more aggressively, Dr.
To address use of chemical restraints, we turned to the community at-large.
Chemical restraints will go the way of physical restraints; it will be fuzzy in the beginning but then increasingly regulated.
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DOCTORS who condemn vulnerable patients to a prison sentence "locked within their own body" through use of chemical restraints will face "serious" action if they fail to curb the practice, ministers have warned.
HB 2939 would prohibit mechanical restraints, which involves strapping or shackling a child to an inanimate object or wheelchair; chemical restraints, defined as using medications or drugs to modify a child's behavior; and prone restraints, where a child is held face-down on the ground.
Behavioral and psychological symptoms of dementia "account for decline in physical function, use of chemical restraints, and increased costs and use of long-term care," Ann M.
In being treated with so-called chemical restraints, Harris was not alone: In recent years, increasing numbers of nursing home residents have been prescribed antipsychotic medications to manage their behavior.
Such mechanical and chemical restraints "are associated with considerable morbidity in older persons with severe dementia and are generally regarded as markers of poor quality of nursing home care.
Providers and facilities may therefore choose to rely on common law doctrines or, as the proposed New Zealand system does not address the use of chemical restraints, it creates the risk that health care providers will use chemical restraints as an alternative to physical restraints.

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