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St. Jude staff members work to give your child comfort, security, and safety in the least restrictive ways possible. There may be a time when we need to limit your child’s movement to prevent them from self-harm or from hurting others.
Restraints are devices that limit or restrict movement. We only use them when other ways to keep your child safe do not work.
Usually, they are soft, foam retraints that tie to the bed. They are tied in a way that keeps your child from removing them, but that lets staff remove them easily when needed.
Your child’s safety is our biggest concern. Sometimes illness, injury, or medicines can cause a child to be confused. If your child is in danger of self-harm or of hurting others, there are things we can do to help keep them safe.
These are some things that we might try before using restraints:
When the care team decides that your child is safe without restraints, they will remove them right away.
If you have questions about restraints, please talk to your child’s doctor or nurse.
Reviewed: July 2022