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NOTE: This course provides less than 1 hour of continuing education credit and will not be accepted in states that require CE courses to provide a minimum of 1 hour of continuing education in a single learning session (e.g., Florida). For information on current CE requirements in your state, consult your state's licensure board for nurses.

This is the second of three programs that can help you and your institution meet the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) new rules and stricter standards on the use of restraints. This program will discuss finding alternatives to restraints in any medical facility. The guidelines are designed to address concerns about the improper use of restraints and seclusion, and to help guard the right of patients to freedom of movement.

To complete this course, you must do the following:

  • Read the Overall and Course Objectives.
  • Study the Terminology.
  • Study the Content.
  • Complete the Learning Activity.
  • Complete the Post Test with a passing score of 80% or more.

    The material is organized around the following categories:

  • Introduction
  • Training the Care Team
  • General Suggestions
  • Investigating Problem Behavior
  • Conclusion

    Reducing restraints and implementing alternatives is an important step in the ongoing effort to improve the health and quality of life of anyone under medical care. The purpose of this program is to provide nurses with essential guidance on finding alternatives to restraints.

    After completing this course, the learner should be able to:

  • Identify the types of patients that restraints have traditionally and most commonly been used on.
  • Participate in appropriate assessments of patients with the goal of finding alternatives to the use of restraints.
  • Describe the training requirements for medical staff that can help reduce the use of restraints.
  • Participate in careful, individualized care planning to find alternatives for those who might otherwise require the use of restraints.
  • Describe the importance of investigating patients’ problem behaviors to get a clearer understanding of their true needs and find alternative solutions to the use of restraints.

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    Restraints: Alternatives to Restraints Online course
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