Fla. Admin. Code Ann. R. 65G-8.008 - Chemical Restraint

Current through Reg. 48, No. 66; April 5, 2022

(1) Chemical restraint is used for behavioral control; it is not standard treatment for medical or psychiatric conditions.
(2) An individual may be given a chemical restraint only on the written order of an authorized physician who has determined that the chemical is the least restrictive, most appropriate alternative available.
(3) The authorizing physician either must be present at the onset of the emergency requiring restraint, or must provide telephone consultation with an authorized staff person who is present and has personally examined the individual.
(4) If the authorizing physician is not present to write the order, he or she must dictate the order's contents to another on-site licensed medical professional;
(5) An order for chemical restraint must be recorded in the individual's record on the same date it is issued, along with the expected results of the medication and a detailed description of the behaviors that justified the use of chemical restraint.
(6) A licensed medical professional must conduct a face-to-face evaluation of the individual within one hour of administration of a chemical restraint, if the restraint was ordered by telephone. The medical professional must record the results of this evaluation in the individual's record and document whether the administration of medication achieved the expected results.
(7) Staff must monitor an individual who has been chemically restrained at least once every half-hour and record the effects of the restraint in the individual's record.


Fla. Admin. Code Ann. R. 65G-8.008
Specific Authority 393.501, 393.13(4)(h) 2., 916.1093(2) FS. Law Implemented 393.13(4)(h), 916.1093(2) FS.
New 8-7-08.

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