Innovation Spotlight—Bassett Medical Center Reduces the Use of Restraints
While restraint use is common practice in most hospitals to ensure critically ill patients do not intentionally or inadvertently remove therapeutic devices and life sustaining equipment, reports illustrate the high risk of restraint use for patients, including injuries, infections, decreased cognitive ability, and even strangulation. The nursing team at Bassett Medical Center’s Critical Care unit initiated a multidisciplinary plan to decrease restraint use. To learn more about this initiative and its results, read the full story here.
This story is just one of the many initiatives profiled on HANYS' NYS Triple Aim website that demonstrate how New York healthcare providers are improving population health, enhancing the quality of patient care, and reducing the cost of healthcare despite fiscal constraints.