mechanical restraint

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mechanical restraint

Etymology: Gk, mechane + L, restringere, to confine
a device made of fabric that hinders a patient's movement, such as a safety vest, hand and wrist straps, mittens, and a stretcher equipped with belts. See also restraint.

mechanical restraint

Any restrictive device (e.g., seatbelt, straitjacket (camisole), vest, or physical confinement) used to restrict a person’s free movement, most commonly in emergency situations.

Indications
Unsteadiness, wandering, disruptive behaviour, often secondary to psychiatric conditions and/or dementia; patients may also require pharmacologic restraints.

mechanical restraint

Physical restaint A device used on a person to restrict free movement–eg, seatbelt, straitjacket–camisole, vest, or physical confinement Indications Unsteadiness, wandering, disruptive behavior, often 2º to psychiatric conditions and/or dementia; Pts may also require pharmacologic restraints. See Restraint, Pharmacologic restraint.

mechanical restraint

Restraint by physical devices.
See also: restraint
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