In some behavioral healthcare settings, a restraint bed may be necessary for the safety of patients and staff members. Not all restraint beds, however, are made alike! Although restraining a patient should not be the first step of de-escalation, it can sometimes be the necessary step to ensure the safety of both the patient as well as staff members.
There are many restraint beds available but finding the one that puts patient safety above all else is crucial for a safe and humanizing environment in your facility.
In order to safely restrain a patient, only the necessary restraints should be applied. For example, if the patient is pulling out tubes or IVs the decision may be to only apply restraints on the wrists and forearms.
Choosing an anti-ligature restraint bed with multiple restraint points allows healthcare practitioners to safely restrain a patient by giving the options of which restraint points need to be used depending on the situation. A multiple restraint point bed ensures patients who are being restrained are restricted in a safe manner by using only the necessary restraint points.
When using a restraint bed every safety precaution must be taken! While the restraints work to restrict a patient from causing harm to themselves or others, the bed’s movement should also be restricted. Securely installing the restraint bed to the floor ensures the bed will not move or topple over while being used.
A free-standing bed which can be securely installed flush with the floor is an ideal solution, as the secure, fixed installation ensures the bed will not move under any circumstance.
A seamless construction is the ideal choice for all institutional furniture, including restraint beds! A smooth, continuous piece of furniture removes the risk of harm allowing the patient to feel safe and more comfortable in the restraint bed, with nothing poking of jutting out. As one, singular piece of furniture the risk of any objects that may present a potential danger is eliminated.
Without any joints or seems that can be picked at, monolithic construction anti-ligature restraint beds are the safest choice. Additionally, with monolithic construction. there are no hard-to-reach areas, ensuring full access to staff members.
Because a restraint bed is used in difficult and challenging environments it is extremely important, they remain durable yet easy to clean and maintain. Opting for institutional furniture manufactured of FRP composites, which are stronger than traditional materials and easy to clean, will ensure for a long-lasting and always safe product.
Although unpleasant, sometimes the need for patient restraints is necessary to ensure the safety of both the patient and staff members. A patient restraint should always be carried out by a qualified healthcare professional, using the safest equipment available.
For more than 40 years Max-Secure has been providing expertly engineered restraint beds, which put the comfort and safety of the patient at the forefront of the design. Through close relationships with industry experts, we have been able to design and manufacture a full line of anti-ligature furniture which prioritizes safety, without sacrificing comfort.