Where Can I Buy a Straitjacket?

8 Dec

This question popped into my mind the other day for no apparent reason. I’m in no danger of bouncing off the walls yet, I’m just curious.

In my former life as a nurse we learned about straitjackets — by the way, the correct spelling is ‘strait’ not ‘straight’ — although you wouldn’t know that from going online, where most people are spelling it  ‘straight’ jacket. I’m sorry, but a straight jacket is one that’s not crooked. It’s appalling how many spelling errors exist online.

Now, where was I? So we learned about straitjackets in nursing school during our psychiatric rotation. They were used as a method of restraining out of control patients back in the day. Needless to say, they’re no longer used. They evolved into ‘Posey’  Vests, seen here – this lady looks happy to be wearing one, and she gets to move her arms, which is kind of nice. I don’t believe these are used anymore, either. Something about lawsuits.

In fact, I think all forms of physical restraints have been pitched, in favor of medical restraints. Amazing what a few cc’s of Haldol in the butt will do for an uncooperative patient.

While I was researching where to buy a straitjacket, I was amazed to find that while they aren’t used in healthcare anymore, they’re a big hit with magicians (Tony Curtis makes a very cute Houdini, I think) and have even found a market as a sexual toy. I‘ve heard of handcuffs, but a straitjacket? Who knew?

So if you’re in the market for one of these, there’s even a website called http://www.realstraightjackets.com/ — assuming there are fake ones out there — and they claim to know  strait jackets better than anyone else.  They make them from high quality canvas — as opposed to the cheap stuff that rips too easily — and they use only the best quality materials to produce the best results.

Whatever those results might be.

4 Responses to “Where Can I Buy a Straitjacket?”

  1. Michael Cargill December 9, 2011 at 6:57 pm #

    I bought one from the Dire Straits fanclub shop.

  2. lexiconlover December 22, 2011 at 7:33 pm #

    I worked inpatient psych hospital for a few years (pediatric/adolescent population). I have to say sadly mechanical restraints are alive and well used in tandem with IM shots. Also seclusions are used. Rationale? shots take up to 15 minutes to kick in, especially for an OOC patient. The drug of choice still seems to be IM Thorazine w/ a Benadryl chaser unless the patient has an allergy to standard phenothiazines. great post!

    • nancyelizabethlauzon December 23, 2011 at 8:15 am #

      I didn’t realize they were still used, but I suppose at times they’re a necessary evil. Thanks for stopping by with your comments!

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