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Feature Article:
The Use of Restraints in Hospitals:
Regulations and Recommendations

By Ann Palmer

 There is such a thing as psychiatric control. A patient signed into the hospital should be aware that the practice of locked wards, drugging, forced intramuscular (IM) injections, confinement, restraints, and isolation are used in the treatment of persons with mental health issues. The staff determines when a patient is "a danger to oneself or others" and intervenes with control measures to eliminate that danger. CONTINUED

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