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photo The Freedom Program
Reducing the Use of Physical Restraint
From Baystate Health System

This film along with a companion film is available on one DVD here.

Being restrained can be a devastating and humiliating experience for any patient, yet restraints, to prevent patients from injuring themselves or others, are sometimes a necessary intervention. The Freedom Program advocates a new and cooperative approach between healthcare professionals, patients, and families to maximize personal autonomy by identifying potential restraint situations, minimizing the use of restraints, and creating simple alternatives to restraints that may prove both more effective and less physically and psychologically damaging to at-risk patients.

The video and its companion study guide offer step by step guidelines on evaluating the need for restraint of at-risk patients, educating and involving family and friends, developing creative alternatives to restraint, using the least restrictive methods of restraint, and monitoring and re-evaluating patients.

This important instructional video profiles a successful intervention initiative that aids families and health care professionals in seeking alternatives. It stresses the professional judgement, caution, and compassion required on the part of nursing and medical staff who must make the critical decisions on the use of restraints for their patients. Restraint Education Manual included.

13 minutes
© 1999
Purchase $129 VHS
Order No. QA-289
ISBN (VHS) 1-57295-289-X

Awards & Conference Screenings
International Society of Psychiatric Nurses
Gerontological Society of America

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To rent or purchase this film, please visit the Icarus Films website