Hello a tod@s, my dear friends:

IC-HU Project begins the specific activities to call everyone to action, with a measure in which we need your participation and interaction:


We ask you that, in all of Spain and the rest of the world, remove the ICUs mechanical fasteners to your patients, and share a photo in our @HUMANIZALAUCI twitter account or Facebook Group HUMANIZANDO LOS CUIDADOS INTENSIVOS . And of course, that you give diffusion to the Hashtag to all your contacts.

“… mechanical fasteners are something that violates a fundamental right such as the right to freedom. Used in excess or inappropriately, they can be interpreted as a form of “abuse”, “negligence” or “abuse”…”. (Defender of the people, Comunidad Autónoma País Vasco 2009)

The use of physical restraints in intensive care units is a common practice although its use has no scientific basis or their benefits are tested. In addition, we have little bibliography on perceive the use of the same patients and their families despite the fact that it is a controversial subject. We argue that they are used to reduce the risk of “disruption of the therapeutic measures” but does it in all cases?.

While it is true that only used fastening system are the wristbands we should do a reflection to establish interventions that reduce their use without losing the safe care to patients and not to forget that this practice can lead to legal implication for the professional.

The use of restraints should not be an alternative to inadequate human or environmental resources and reflect on this issue makes us separate ourselves from matters merely technicians of the critical patient to get closer to the real needs that are well worth our attention and also our effort so that care remains safe rethinking care model with the integration of the family as an example to decrease the use of restraints.

We need a commitment and not a goal… get to get a ICU free of fasteners. We must rely on the evidence that the assets can be finessed in the majority of cases, are considered a problem and alternatives are known. So, let’s get to work and let our patients free. We treat others as we would be treated and take back alternative techniques that achieve the same effect as the wristbands guaranteeing the safety of the patient.

Conchi Faura
ICU Nurse, Hospital Universitario de Torrejón.


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