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Why handcuffing patients in hospitals is not a good idea?

Mostafa Hussein, Blogging on the wrong side - Thu, 17/04/2008 - 12:44pm

  • An unconscious patient will not escape!
  • Patients with extensive injuries are not likely to be able to escape without making a scene
  • Preventing a limb from movement is very annoying and will not help the patient rest or sleep
  • Preventing a limb from movement for extended periods of time is very dangerous as he/she might develop deep venous thrombosis (DVT) in the fixed limb
  • Prevents the patient from going to the toilet if he can. And if unattended a patient can soil himself.
  • Handcuff neuropathy could develop due to bruising of a superficial branch of the radial nerve at the wrist

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