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Restraint As a Last Resort Toolkit
Health Professionals

Health Professions Strategy and Practice in collaboration with Seniors Health Strategic Clinical Network

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.

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