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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 third 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. 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. This program will focus on the safe use of restraints and seclusion when no alternatives have proven effective.

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
  • Mitts and Limb Restraints
  • Chair Restraints
  • Safe Application
  • Dangers of Restraints
  • Most Restrictive Restraints
  • Conclusion

    The purpose of this program is to provide nurses with guidance on the safe application, use and monitoring of restraints when alternatives have proven ineffective.

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

  • Select restraints that are the least restrictive intervention that will be effective, based on an individualized assessment of the person.
  • Identify and use a variety of the least restrictive restraints, including limb restraints and chair restraints.
  • Conduct safe and appropriate application and monitoring of restraints.
  • Identify and avoid the dangers associated with the use of restraints.

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