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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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Those nurses reporting alternative strategies prior to restraint application used communication for reorientation, assessed for potential causes of agitation, administered analgesics, and used chemical restraint.
1) The longer, official US regulatory definitions of physical and chemical restraints appear in Table 1.
The appropriate dose of each drug to produce standing chemical restraint or sternal recumbency was evaluated based on the onset time, the duration of maximum effect, and the duration of sedation.
chemical restraint (psychotropic medications), and seclusion/timeout (separate and locked or closed space away from class) from our analysis.
Chemical restraints were used in pediatric psychiatric patients in the emergency department by almost three-fourths of the respondents, but few reported having formal policies on chemical restraint.
Although chemical restraint is a second option, polypharmacy is a major problem in the long-term care setting, so chemical constraint should be used sparingly, and only after other methods have repeatedly failed.
With our chemical restraint reduction efforts, once the psychiatrist was on staff, we found staff expected the psychiatrist to "cure" these residents.
The definition of a chemical restraint continues to be an area of debate, but most experts agree that medication used specifically to treat a psychiatric diagnosis is a treatment rather than a chemical restraint, Dr.
There are a lot of moral and ethical reasons against using chemical restraint since it reaffirms patients' greatest fear about medication--that the physician is going "to take them over and quiet them down.
Hoyer, for example, told the audience that only 3% of nursing homes surveyed during the last quarter of 1991 were cited for chemical restraint deficiencies, compared to 1 of 9 in the last quarter of 1989.
Chemical restraints refer to the use of medications to control behavior or restrict a patient's freedom of movement (Ryan & Peterson, 2004), which, while increasing in frequency in their administration in the schools (Canham, et al.

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