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Safe use of non-pharmacological interventions

Non-pharmacological interventions can be used in the ICU to reduce anxiety, pain, help sleep and avoid delirium. They may also be helpful in decreasing the amount of sedatives and analgesics required:

Physical restraint should only be used as a last resort. Restraint applied must be reasonable and abide by legal and ethical parameters. Restraint should only be used if there is a significant risk of physical injury or harm to patients/staff. Physical restraints may include the use of commercial gauze/cotton pads, crepe bandages, and padded gloves. A thorough risk assessment should be carried out prior to the use of any physical restraint. Patients who are restrained should have:

(Bray et al, 2004)

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