The literature is replete with articles describing restraint reduction strategies used in long-term care settings, geriatric specialty units, and medical/surgical units in the acute care setting. The feasibility, effectiveness, and appropriateness of such strategies cannot be capriciously applied to the intensive care setting. This article provides an overview of the implementation and outcomes of a pilot study using an algorithmic approach that is clinically appropriate and justifiable for restraint use in the intensive care environment. It provides the critical care nurse with a standardized method for decision analysis when managing patients at risk for treatment interference.

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