section .1300 - use of physical restraints and alternatives
10A NCAC 13G .1301 USE OF PHYSICAL RESTRAINTS AND
(a) A family care home shall assure that a physical
restraint, any physical or mechanical device attached to or adjacent to the
resident's body that the resident cannot remove easily and which restricts
freedom of movement or normal access to one's body, shall be:
(1) used only in those circumstances in which
the resident has medical symptoms that warrant the use of restraints and not
for discipline or convenience purposes;
(2) used only with a written order from a
physician except in emergencies, according to Paragraph (e) of this Rule;
(3) the least restrictive restraint that would
(4) used only after alternatives that would
provide safety to the resident and prevent a potential decline in the resident's
functioning have been tried and documented in the resident's record.
(5) used only after an assessment and care
planning process has been completed, except in emergencies, according to
Paragraph (d) of this Rule;
(6) applied correctly according to the
manufacturer's instructions and the physician's order; and
(7) used in conjunction with alternatives in an
effort to reduce restraint use.
Note: Bed rails are restraints when used to keep a resident
from voluntarily getting out of bed as opposed to enhancing mobility of the
resident while in bed. Examples of restraint alternatives are: providing
restorative care to enhance abilities to stand safely and walk, providing a
device that monitors attempts to rise from chair or bed, placing the bed lower
to the floor, providing frequent staff monitoring with periodic assistance in
toileting and ambulation and offering fluids, providing activities, controlling
pain, providing an environment with minimal noise and confusion, and providing
supportive devices such as wedge cushions.
(b) The facility shall ask the resident or resident's legal
representative if the resident may be restrained based on an order from the
resident's physician. The facility shall inform the resident or legal
representative of the reason for the request and the benefits of restraint use
and the negative outcomes and alternatives to restraint use. The resident or
the resident's legal representative may accept or refuse restraints based on
the information provided. Documentation shall consist of a statement signed by
the resident or the resident's legal representative indicating the signer has
been informed, the signer's acceptance or refusal of restraint use and, if
accepted, the type of restraint to be used and the medical indicators for
Note: Potential negative outcomes of restraint use include
incontinence, decreased range of motion, decreased ability to ambulate,
increased risk of pressure ulcers, symptoms of withdrawal or depression and
reduced social contact.
(c) In addition to the requirements in Rule 13F .0801,
.0802 and .0903 of this Subchapter regarding assessments and care planning, the
resident assessment and care planning prior to application of restraints as
required in Subparagraph (a)(5) of this Rule shall meet the following
(1) The assessment and care planning shall be
implemented through a team process with the team consisting of at least a staff
supervisor or personal care aide, a registered nurse, the resident and the
resident's responsible person or legal representative. If the resident or
resident's responsible person or legal representative is unable to participate,
there shall be documentation in the resident's record that they were notified
and declined the invitation or were unable to attend.
(2) The assessment shall include consideration
of the following:
(A) medical symptoms that warrant the use of a
(B) how the medical symptoms affect the resident;
(C) when the medical symptoms were first observed;
(D) how often the symptoms occur;
(E) alternatives that have been provided and the
resident's response; and
(F) the least restrictive type of physical restraint
that would provide safety.
(3) The care plan shall include the following:
(A) alternatives and how the alternatives will be used
prior to restraint use and in an effort to reduce restraint time once the
resident is restrained;
(B) the type of restraint to be used; and
(C) care to be provided to the resident during the time
the resident is restrained.
(d) The following applies to the restraint order as required
in Subparagraph (a)(2) of this Rule:
(1) The order shall indicate:
(A) the medical need for the restraint;
(B) the type of restraint to be used;
(C) the period of time the restraint is to be used; and
(D) the time intervals the restraint is to be checked
and released, but no longer than every 30 minutes for checks and two hours for
(2) If the order is obtained from a physician
other than the resident's physician, the facility shall notify the resident's
physician of the order within seven days.
(3) The restraint order shall be updated by the
resident's physician at least every three months following the initial order.
(4) If the resident's physician changes, the
physician who is to attend the resident shall update and sign the existing order.
(5) In emergency situations, the administrator
or administrator-in-charge shall make the determination relative to the need
for a restraint and its type and duration of use until a physician is
contacted. Contact with a physician shall be made within 24 hours and
documented in the resident's record.
(6) The restraint order shall be kept in the
(e) All instances of the use of physical restraints and
alternatives shall be documented by the facility in the resident's record and
include the following:
(1) restraint alternatives that were provided
and the resident's response;
(2) type of restraint that was used;
(3) medical symptoms warranting restraint use;
(4) the time the restraint was applied and the
duration of restraint use;
(5) care that was provided to the resident
during restraint use; and
(6) behavior of the resident during restraint
(f) Physical restraints shall be applied only by staff who
have received training according to Rule .0506 of this Subchapter and been
validated on restraint use according to Rule .0504 of this Subchapter.
History Note: Authority G.S. 131D-2; 143B-165; S.L.
Temporary Adoption Eff. July 1, 2004;
Temporary Adoption Expired March 12, 2005;
Eff. June 1, 2005.