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September 12, 1908

A SIMPLE RESTRAINT.

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Associate In Surgery, Emergency Hospital. WASHINGTON, D. C.

JAMA. 1908;LI(11):919. doi:10.1001/jama.1908.25410110041002f

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Abstract

If often becomes necessary to restrain, for a brief period, some patients admitted to the accident ward of a hospital. In the semi-conscious state following the grand mal of epilepsy, in hysterical males particularly, alcoholic delirium, concussion of the brain, cocainism and similar conditions of cerebrospinal excitability or incoordination, temporary measures are demanded until therapeutics or hydrotherapeutics can be rationally employed. The majority of such patients will not remain in bed; moral suasion is useless; and sometimes the patients are perverse, combative, pugnacious, and even homicidal.

In the emergency hospital, at my suggestion, we have had made a hammock of one-fourth inch cotton rope, seven feet six inches long, six feet wide at its center, tapering to three feet at each end. From the ends guy-ropes extend two feet six inches and terminate about an iron ring three inches in diameter. To use the hammock as a restraint, it is

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