How To Tie A Vest Restraint

How do you tie a vest restraint? If you work in the healthcare field, you already know the purpose of a vest restraint. The restraint is used to limit the patient's ability to move. If your patient is violent or resisting care, a vest restraint is an option. Once you determine a vest restraint is needed, you can begin tying the restraint. It may seem simple, but the procedure must be done properly to avoid injury to the patient or yourself.

In order to tie a vest restraint, you will need:

  • Vest restraint
  • Bed or wheelchair
  • Patient
  1. Begin by placing the vest on your patient. Help the patient get into a sitting position. You don't want the patient to slump over while putting the vest on them.
  2. Crisscross the restraint straps. Cross the flaps over the front of the patient's clothing or hospital gown. The "V" shaped opening should be below the neck and throat.
  3. Place each flap through the opposite side's slot. Adjust to fit the patient comfortably. Leave a couple inches of slack to allow the patient to breathe.
  4. Tie the restraint to the bed to the bed frame or back of the chair. Make sure the chair is a wheelchair or other chair with wheels in case of emergency. Keep wheels locked. If attaching to a bed, never attach to the bed rails. If the rails are lowered, the patient can be injured.
  5. Check on the patient often. You should keep checking on the patient in the vest restraint. Check their breathing and circulation every couple hours.
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