Registered Nurses’ Use of Physical Restraints on the Medical Floor in a Jamaican Hospital

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Medical floors in acute health care settings tend to have long stay patients with concomitant co-morbidities. Such complexities of care require competent staff, adequate nurse-patient ratio, organizational support to promote patient safety and favourable health outcomes. Arguably, the problem of restraint usage is not only a function of patient to nurse ratio, but involves the staff mix which should be taken into consideration as this affects patient outcomes

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