AHAP shares survey results on restraint and seclusion

Accreditation Connection, June 10, 2011

The Association for Healthcare Accreditation Professionals (AHAP) surveys its members regularly on challenges specific to hospital accreditation. These surveys result in benchmarking reports to help survey coordinators and accreditation professionals compare their organization's successes with others across the country. The following is an excerpt from a recent benchmarking report on restraint and seclusion:


Has your facility considered going restraint-free? Have you succeeded? According to the most recent benchmarking survey conducted by the Association for Healthcare Accreditation Professionals (AHAP), a large percentage of hospitals have at least explored the option of going restraint free, though only a small number of facilities have made the transition.

Thirty seven percent of respondents are currently exploring the option of changing to a restraint free policy. A significant percentage (23%), however have explored the option and decided against it. Only 1% of respondents have currently made the switch to restraint free.The remaining 37% have not considered changing to a restraint free policy yet.

The large majority (71%) of respondents said they have reported patient deaths in restraints as required in CMS Conditions of Participation. 29% said they have not reported patient deaths.

Members can view the complete 12 page report at the AHAP website. To sign up for AHAP, click here.

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