What Is a Protective Device?
Protective devices control the movement of the whole or a portion of a patientís body to protect the patient from hurting him/herself or others.
Sometimes a patient becomes upset or is not able to understand what is happening. At this time, a protective device may be needed. Protective devices are not imposed for the purposes of discipline or convenience.
UPMC Altoona uses protective devices only after all other ways of controlling behavior have been tried. When a patient is restrained, we work to protect his/her health, safety, dignity, rights and well-being.
When a patient is admitted to the hospital, the nursing staff will ask several questions. Your answers will help us care for your family member.
Please answer the questions as well as you can. Some of the information needed might be: