Less restraint used in Dutch care institutions

15th October 2009, Comments 0 comments

Instead, healthcare staff are using electrical sensors to monitor their patients’ movements.

The Netherlands – Healthcare institutions are increasingly using less restraining measures to restrain their elderly and mentally disabled patients, reveals research.

The research from the Vilans health care information centre is based on 40 nursing and care homes and shows a 30 percent fall in patients restrained by healthcare staff from last year to 1,900.

Some measuring methods that have been reduced drastically are tying patients to their beds, drugging them with tranquilisers.

Instead, these measures have been replaced by electrical sensors which warn staff when residents have got out of bed or left their rooms.
The Health Care Inspectorate (IGZ) carried out spot checks on 86 nursing and care homes after news that seven patients died after being tied to their beds. It concludes mentally disabled residents and those suffering from dementia are often being sedated, locked in and even tied up. The report also showed one in three living in nursing and care homes is drugged.

Radio Netherlands / Expatica

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