Side rails as physical restraints: the need for appropriate assessment
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Gallinagh, R., Slevin, E. & McCormack, B. (2001) Side rails as physical restraints: the need for appropriate assessment, Nursing older people, vol. 13, , pp. 20-25,
Side rails are commonly used in the care of the older person. They can be classified as a physical restraint if they restrict the movement of an individual and also if the individual has an inability to have them removed/lowered at will. Advanced age should not be an indicator for side rail use and an individualized approach in patient assessment is advised.