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What is the purpose of physical restraints?

A To prevent patient injury

Physical restraints are devices or equipment that prevent normal movement. Examples are arm or leg restraints, hand mitts, or vests. Utilizing restraints is against the law unless necessary to treat a client’s medical symptoms, or if there is a risk of harming self or others. Restraints are not used for punishment, convenience, or a method of control. Either a physician’s order or the client’s consent is required before a restraint can be applied.