Q: What should I know about the restraint straps?
A: The following:
- Always use all restraint straps to secure the patient on the cot. An unrestrained patient may fall from the cot
- Do not attach restraint straps to the base tubes or cross tubes
- Do not entangle the restraint straps in the base frame when you raise or lower the cot
Securing the patient with the restraint straps
Secure restraint straps to the cot in the required attachment locations. Restraint strap attachment locations should provide strong anchorage and proper restraint position. Do not allow restraint straps to interfere with equipment or accessories. Buckle the restraint straps across the patient’s shoulders, waist, and legs. Buckle restraint straps when the cot is not in use.
To install the restraints:
- Wrap the restraint strap around the cot frame
- Push the restraint strap buckle through the loop
- Pull the buckle around the loop to secure the restraint strap to the cot
Adjusting restraint straps
Open the restraint straps and place them at either side of the cot while you position the patient on the cot mattress. Lengthen the restraint straps, buckle them around the patient, and shorten them to tighten.
- To open the restraint strap, press the red button on the front of the buckle receiver. This allows you to release the buckle latch plate and pull it out of the receiver
- To close the restraint strap, push the latch plate into the receiver until you hear a click
- To lengthen the restraint strap, grasp the buckle latch plate, turn it at an angle to the webbing, then pull it out. A hemmed tab at the end of the webbing prevents the latch plate from coming off of the strap
- To shorten the restraint strap, grasp the hemmed tab and pull the webbing back through the latch plate to tighten.
When you buckle a restraint strap around a patient, secure the latch plate and remove any loose webbing from the cot.
Inspect the restraint straps at least once a month (more if used often). Check for a bent or broken receiver or latch plate, or
torn or frayed webbing. Replace any worn or inoperable restraint strap.
Adding a restraint strap extension
Add a restraint strap extension for extra length when you buckle the lap belt around larger patients.
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