According to a new report, the rate of physical-restraint use in United States nursing homes is more than 20 percent, but times could be changing.
The report states that there have been many legal regulations and evidence that physical restraints like bed rails and belts are ineffective, and potentially dangerous to the patient.
A recent German study found that “nursing home care does not necessitate the administration of physical restraints.”
“We found pronounced center variation,” the report continues, “with best-practice centers applying very few physical restraints.”
It is not, by any means, against the law from U.S. homes to use restraints, but complete caution must be applied. Hundreds of accidents happen every year due to the misuse of physical restraints.
Take action if a care facility has caused injury to your loved one due to its negligence. For a free initial consultation, contact the Kosieradzki Smith Law Firm online or toll free at (877) 552-2873 today.