A patient suffering from respiratory failure requires mechanical ventilation. The physician has ordered the patient to be restrained. Which type of restraint is most appropriate in this situation?


•A soft limb restraint can be applied to the patient's wrists to prevent him or her pulling at the endotracheal tube while the restraint maintains patient safety and preventing skin breakdown.

•Incorrect: Four-point restraints should be reserved for patients with a psychiatric illness or altered mental status that actively pose a risk to themselves or staff members. These secure the wrists and ankles to the bed tightly. The use of four-point restraints should be reserved for extreme situations.

•Incorrect: A vest restraint is used to keep a patient in bed.

•Incorrect: Shackles are metal and used for prisoners.

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