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Improper Restraints

There are times that restrains need to be used for some
people, like during a seizure or when a patient is mentally
confused and could be hurt. There are times when the use
of restraints is abused and the person is injured. There
are times in the nursing home that a patient may need to
be restrained when acting out that could harm themselves
or other nursing home residents and the use of restraints
might be necessary at times for Alzheimer disease.

This is not always the case unfortunately; there are some
reasons that are made up by the nursing home staff for
improper restraint of a patient. When restraints are
improperly used by the nursing home staff it can be elder
abuse and injuries can occur. The use of improper
restraints by a nursing home makes them liable for any
physical, emotional or metal damage that the elderly victim
suffers.

The Effects of Improper Restraints:

When most people think of improper restraints they think
of limited force or straps on a bed that are used to hold
the person to the bed, but improper restraint can also
include chemicals or medications used to sedate. The use
of restraint is one of the procedures that can turn into
elder abuse quickly. This is because when an elderly
nursing home resident is deeply sedated for the wrong
reasons it is illegal and is nursing home abuse. This is an
inhumane treatment of an elderly person and can cause
injuries, dehydration and malnutrition.

When a patient is improperly restrained there can be
injuries and immediate bruising to the body. This type of
restraint can also cause future injuries and infections,
when the elderly nursing home resident is left restrained
for a long time without being moved blisters and bed sores
can develop. The skin can also be cut when trying to
become free of the restraints. When an elderly nursing
home resident is left restrained to their bed several days
this is improper restraint and the nursing home can be
held liable. The elderly nursing home patient that is
restrained by chemicals or medication for too long has a
risk of suffering brain damage or going into a coma. They
also have a high risk of bowel and bladder infections that
can result from improper restraints when left for an
extended amount of time without being changed or allowed
to use the bathroom.