Isolation measures

Isolation is the isolation of the patient for care, nursing and treatment in an isolation room. This is a freedom-restricting measure that can only be used for strictly therapeutic reasons.

Objective isolation

The objective to isolate can differ depending on the situation of the patient.

Potential objectives for isolation are:

  • Prevent that the patient hurts himself
  • Prevent serious material damage
  • Give a sense of safety by providing structure and supevision
  • Reduce stimulation and regulation of motor unrest
  • Increased and continuous observation
  • Prevent serious disruption of the therapautic environment
  • Stimulate self-control
  • Optimise impulse control

Decision to isolate

The decision to isolate is taken within a supporting team, always in consultation with the physician and the supervisor.

The request for isolation can be put in by any team member, in consultation with other team members.

Executing an isolation measure

The nurse performing the measure has to master all actions related to isolation and physical handling a patient and has to be able to motivate this as concretely as possible to the patient, his family and the other care providers. 

Last edit: 5 January 2023