CLRP

Restraints Presentation Info Sheet

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IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT RESTRAINTS



  • Restraints cannot be used as punishment or for the convenience of staff.
  • State law prohibits the use of restraints except when -

    • it is necessary to prevent physical danger to the patient or others


    AND


    • it is ordered by a physician.

  • Restraints must only be used as a last resort, and after efforts to calm the person were tried first.
  • Doctors cannot order that restraints be use “as needed”. They must be specifically authorized on each occasion, and cannot be written into the treatment plan.
  • Restraints can be used for up to three (3) hours - but the person must be released at the earliest possible time.
  • Restraint orders can be renewed after three hours only if the person continues to be an imminent danger to self or others.
  • A person in restraints must be monitored continuously and provided active treatment.
  • Staff and the individual restrained must be “debriefed” after the event.



FOR MORE INFORMATION ABOUT THE LAW ON THE USE OF RESTRAINTS—

OR NEED A LEGAL ADVOCATE TO HELP FIGHT THE USE OF RESTRAINTS—

CALL CONNECTICUT LEGAL RIGHTS PROJECT, INC.
TOLL-FREE
1-877-402-2299
TTY 860-262-5066

OR WRITE
P.O. BOX 351 SILVER STREET
MIDDLETOWN, CT 06457