Use of physical restraint on client; requirements; exceptions; report as denial of rights.
1. Except as otherwise provided in subsection 2, physical restraint may be used on a person with a disability who is a client only if:
(a) An emergency exists that necessitates the use of physical restraint;
(b) The physical restraint is used only for the period that is necessary to contain the behavior of the client so that the client is no longer an immediate threat of causing physical injury to himself or others or causing severe property damage; and
(c) The use of force in the application of physical restraint does not exceed the force that is reasonable and necessary under the circumstances precipitating the use of physical restraint.
2. Physical restraint may be used on a person with a disability who is a client and the provisions of subsection 1 do not apply if the physical restraint is used to:
(a) Assist the client in completing a task or response if the client does not resist the application of physical restraint or if his resistance is minimal in intensity and duration;
(b) Escort or carry a client to safety if the client is in danger in his present location; or
(c) Conduct medical examinations or treatments on the client that are necessary.
3. If physical restraint is used on a person with a disability who is a client in an emergency, the use of the procedure must be reported as a denial of rights pursuant to NRS 433.534, regardless of whether the use of the procedure is authorized by statute. The report must be made not later than 1 working day after the procedure is used.
Last modified: February 27, 2006