Bill Text: MS HB1492 | 2019 | Regular Session | Introduced


Bill Title: Wheelchair restraint; regulate use of in a nursing home, hospital, medical provider or medical facility.

Spectrum: Moderate Partisan Bill (Democrat 6-1)

Status: (Failed) 2019-02-05 - Died In Committee [HB1492 Detail]

Download: Mississippi-2019-HB1492-Introduced.html

MISSISSIPPI LEGISLATURE

2019 Regular Session

To: Public Health and Human Services

By: Representatives Clarke, Holloway, Banks, Bell (65th), Evans (91st), Hale, Watson

House Bill 1492

AN ACT TO REGULATE WHEN A WHEELCHAIR RESTRAINT MAY BE USED BY A MEDICAL PROVIDER, HOSPITAL, NURSING HOME OR OTHER MEDICAL FACILITY; TO PROVIDE DEFINITIONS FOR SUCH; AND FOR RELATED PURPOSES.

     BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF MISSISSIPPI:

     SECTION 1.  A medical provider, hospital, nursing home or other medical facility may only authorize the use of wheelchair restaints for a patient of the provider or facility for the purpose of ensuring the physical safety of the resident or other residents, and only upon written order of a physician that specifies the duration and circumstances under which restraints are to be used.  For purposes of this section, "wheelchair restraint" means a lap belt, chair mesh or other alternative device or material that can be attached to a wheelchair and the person who is seated in a wheelchair to provide safe and adequate seating for mobility and posture of a person seated in a wheelchair.

     SECTION 2.  This act shall take effect and be in force from and after July 1, 2019.

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