Inside best practice: Going restraint-free

HCPro's Weekly Update on the ANCC Magnet Recognition Program®*, June 7, 2010

Facilities across the country, whether they are ANCC Magnet Recognition Program® (MRP) designated hospitals, designation hopefuls, or just seeking to improve their quality of care, struggle daily with the challenges inherent to the use of restraints. For Cancer Treatment Centers of America (CTCA) at Midwestern Regional Medical Center (Midwestern), the decision was made in 2005 to deal with restraints — by simply going restraint-free.

“It was just a natural step under the Mother Standard® of care,” says Kimberly Bertini, RN, MRP coordinator with CTCA at Midwestern. The Mother Standard of care is the organization’s philosophy to treat every patient and caregiver “as if they are our own mother,” says Bertini.

CTCA knew from the start that this needed to be a grassroots initiative with senior level support because the plan to go restraint free would involve increased hospital costs and an investment in “patient sitters”—which program organizers believed would be necessary to go restraint-free.

Source: This excerpt is from the June issue of HCPro’s Advisor to the ANCC Magnet Recognition Program®. Don’t have a subscription? Take a look at the benefits of becoming a member of HCPro’s Resource Center for the ANCC Magnet Recognition Program®.

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