Patient Safety Restraints Protecting Patients When They Are Vulnerable

The ability to safely, effectively and comfortably restrain patients during surgery is one of the greatest surgical advances of modern times, although not the one most surgeons think about when they reflect on 20th century medicine.

In spite of that, restraint devices enable surgeons to proceed without obstruction of the surgical site, or the danger that an anesthetized patient's arm will fall off the table and negatively affect the procedure. Patient safety restraints also promise faster surgical recoveries because patients appropriately restrained do not develop post-operative nerve damage or muscle soreness.

To be effective, restraints must be easy to manage. Velcro, one of the 20th century's miracles, enables rapid restraint, adjustment and removal, and eliminates the need for messy glues. Double-sided Velcro strapping, available as rolls and easily cut to the required length, enables surgeons and surgical nurses to create a restraint loop quickly without hassle.

Wide Velcro straps, called operating table straps, positioned at a patient's waist, effectively immobilize arms along the body, making it easier for surgeons to perform thoracic surgeries. These reusable straps also permit rapid modification with minimal interruption, and easily affix to tables with or without side rails.

Restraint belts, similar to the above, can be used to restrain very ill or elderly patients in wheelchairs, or on exam and surgical tables. Abdominal straps provide immobilization and abdominal support and excellent X-ray penetration for pre-op imaging.

Specifically designed armboard straps provide immobility for delicate hand surgeries, and the more traditional rubber straps, made of nylon with a wide central band of rubber, provide quick-locking clips for rapid placement and removal. These patient restraint straps also come with a removable gel pad for added patient comfort.

In either disposable or reusable options, patient restraints make surgical procedures easier and patient recovery less complicated.