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Physical restraints, such as safety vests, wheelchair and lap belts, body holders, or ankle/wrist restraints, are commonly used in the United States. According to an article in STLToday.com, though widely used, studies show that physical restraints cause more harm than good, especially for older patients in nursing homes. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)
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Tube Feeding for Dementia Patients May Increase Restraint Injuries

  • December 6, 2010
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Up to one-third of patients with severe dementia receive their daily meals via a tube. However, new research suggests that tube-feeding and the patient restraint that is necessary for its use might actually cause more harm than good. Dementia patients who receive tube-feeding are more likely to be placed in patient restraints in order to
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Maryland Mental Hospital under Review after Patient Deaths

  • October 22, 2010
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The Clifton T. Perkins Hospital Center in Jessup is facing inquiries after a patient died of strangulation in September, according to a recent article published by the Baltimore Sun. The deceased patient is the third to die at the hospital since 2008, raising serious questions about the psychiatric hospital’s staffing and procedures. Another resident in
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FDA Urges Caution in Using Patient Restraint Devices

  • October 21, 2010
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The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has long warned hospitals, nursing homes, and other health care providers to use patient restraints with great caution. The FDA is concerned about the high rate of injuries to patients put in restraints, which includes safety vests, wheelchair belts, and similar devices. The FDA estimates that about 100
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Federal Rules Provide Guidance for Hospitals Using Patient Restraints

  • September 22, 2010
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In 2007, the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a final rule for hospitals on the use of patient restraints. The rule applies to any hospital or similar patient care facility that receives Medicare or Medicaid funds. Violating the rule can cause a facility to lose Medicare funding, as well as incite
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Disability Rights New Jersey, a patient rights organization, has filed suit in federal court alleging that New Jersey psychiatric hospitals consistently medicate patients against their will. Believe it or not, New Jersey law only permits a psychiatric patient to appeal medication decisions to administrators at the hospital where they are confined. Most other states provide
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Use of Restraints Coming Under Fire in New Jersey

  • June 9, 2010
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New Jersey, which allows both public and private schools to restrain unruly children with disabilities, is coming under fire. Last year, congressional investigators found hundreds of cases of abuse and at least 20 deaths related to seclusion and restraints since 1990 in United States schools. An app.com report mentions that the investigators found cases of
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Recovery for Estate of 17-Year-Old Killed in Youth Facility

  • April 12, 2010
  • Restraint Injury
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Seventeen year old Manny Leach was choked to death in June of 2007 by an employee of the Chad Youth Enhancement Services Inc., a Youth Correctional facility in Philadelphia. According to a philly.com story, the facility paid the teen’s family $10.5 million to settle the matter in a federal lawsuit. The death was the second
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Unlawful Restraint Methods Used in NY Juvenile Detention Centers

  • March 17, 2010
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Juvenile detention centers are supposed to rehabilitate wayward youths, not harm them. However, a lawsuit recently filed against an agency that operates nine New York state juvenile detention centers is being accused of wrong doing, specifically the improper use of force and illegal methods of restraint used against detention center residents. A poughkeepsiejournal.com article discusses
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