WASHINGTON (AP) - Fewer nursing home patients are being kept in
The federal government, states and the nursing home industry are
working at reducing what once was common. The use of physical
restraints is down 40 percent in recent years.
The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality reports that
numbers vary by state. Restrains were found in 2006 to be most
frequently used in California, with the least in Iowa, Kansas and
It's illegal to put patients in restraints for discipline. They
can only be used for medical reasons, such as preventing a resident
from tearing out an IV.
Experts had thought restraints were useful to a patient's
safety, such as preventing them from falling. But new techniques
are being introduced, such as low-level beds and more exercise to