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Restraint as a Last Resort Toolkit

Information for Health Professionals

Policy, Procedures & Support Resources | Forms & Documentation | General Education | Prescribing Practitioners | Allied Health | Specific Care Settings

Overview

Alberta Health Services is committed to the safety of patients, clients, staff and volunteers.

The objectives of the Restraint as a Last Resort policy are to:

  • provide direction based on the principles of restraint as a last resort and the least restrictive restraint
  • promote consistency in decision-making processes
  • support a balance between the safety of patients and others, and restrictions on patient liberty

The Restraint as a Last Resort policy includes pharmacological, mechanical, physical and environmental restraints.

Except in emergencies, restraint will only be used when all other strategies, have been deemed ineffective or inappropriate. In all patient encounters, care teams shall work with patients and/or alternate decision-makers to use restraint as the last resort.

Policy, Procedures & Support Resources

Forms & Documentation

General Education

Prescribing Practitioners

Allied Health

Specific Care Settings

Info for Albertans

Success Stories

Family Story


Workplace Health & Safety

Reduction of Antipsychotics

Reduction in use of lap belts

Positive Immunization Experience (PIE)

Contact Information

Health Professionals

If you have questions or feedback about this policy, email policy@ahs.ca

Albertans

If you have concerns or feedback about the care you or a family member has received, contact Patient Concerns and Feedback