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Limiting restraints results in increased safety

Briefings on Accreditation and Quality, July 1, 2008

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As hospitals limit the use of restraints and explore various techniques to keep their patients safe, one option has been using a sitter or companion. Often used in psychiatric wards, sitters typically watch patients to make sure they do not put themselves in danger.

However, Doctors Hospital Baptist Health South Florida in Coral Gables has implemented a sitter/companion program in a new way that has not only been effective, but also positively received by patients and staff members.

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