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Mich. Comp. Laws Ann. § 330.1740 - Physical restraint

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Michigan permits the use of physical restraints within a mental health facility in limited circumstances. Such restraints are proper only if “less restrictive interventions have been considered,” it is necessary to prevent physical harm to the resident or another person, or it is necessary to prevent “substantial property damage.” If restraint is necessary, the patient may only be restrained for a period of 30 minutes without authorization, but upon authorization, may be restrained for a maximum of 8 hours. Restrained individuals must be treated humanely (e.g. be given food, clothing) and released every 2 hours for a minimum of 15 minutes unless such release is medically inappropriate. If a resident is restrained, documentation regarding the “consideration of less restrictive measures” and personal examinations of the patient must be placed in the resident’s medical record.

Current as of June 2015