Use of Restraints Causing Injury

Nursing Home Restraint Injuries Attorneys In Maryland, Virginia and Washington, D.C.

Federal regulations require nursing homes in Washington, D.C., Virginia and Maryland to minimize the use of both physical and chemical restraints. Federal law states that a resident has the right to be free from any physical or chemical restraints imposed for purposes of discipline or convenience and not required to treat the resident’s medical symptoms.
42 C.F.R. 483.13(a)

Where physical or chemical restraint is being used by the nursing home, it must be the least restrictive restraint necessary to accomplish its intended medical purpose.

The FDA has issued guidelines on the use of hospital beds in a way that reduces entrapment.
See Link: www.fda.gov/bbs/topics/news/2006/new01331.html

More common in today’s world is the use of chemical restraints that have serious potential to cause both physical injury and psychological harm.

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