Nursing home physical restraint use drops 40%

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Nursing home physical restraint use drops 40%
Nursing home physical restraint use drops 40%

The use of physical restraints on nursing home residents has fallen 40% in recent years, according to a report from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. 

Overall, about 5.9% of 1.5 million long-term residents were physically restrained repeatedly in 2006. That compares with 9.7% in 2002. States where restraints were most frequently used in 2006 were California, Arkansas and Oklahoma. Restraints were least used in Nebraska, Iowa, Kansas and Maine in 2006. 

Use of restraints can lead to bed sores/pressure sores, loss of strength and even depression. The Advancing Excellence in America's Nursing Homes program aims to reduce by 30,000 the number of nursing home residents who are physically restrained. The goal has been set for September of this year.