Thursday, June 7, 2012

Patient Left Unrestrained, Patient Injured. Nurses Judgement Call, #nurseup #nursefriendly #healthcare

Patient Left Unrestrained, Patient Injured. Nurses Judgement Call, #nurseup #nursefriendly #healthcare:”The decision to use or not use restraints must be made with caution and good judgement. Their intended purpose must be to protect either the patient or others who may be injured by the patient including the staff caring for the client. The ultimate determination of necessity is left with the physician. Often, the moment to moment necessity is determined by the nurse. In this case a nurse did not feel restraining the patient was necessary. When an injury occurred, the patient sued.
Gerard v. Sacred Heart Medical Center – 937 P. 2d 1104 (1997)

http://www.nursefriendly.com/nursing/clinical.cases/053099.htm

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