to main content Restraint and Seclusion - Telemedicine | Critical Access Hospital | Provision of Care Treatment and Services PC | The Joint Commission
Restraint and Seclusion - Telemedicine

Is the use of a telemedicine link allowed for use by the Licensed Practitioner who conducts the in-person evaluation of an individual in restraint or seclusion?  

Any examples are for illustrative purposes only.

No. A telemedicine link does not fulfill the in-person requirement for the evaluation by a Licensed Practitioner (LIP) of the individual in restraint or seclusion. The in-person evaluation must be in-person (face-to-face) and completed by a physician, clinical psychologist, or other licensed practitioner responsible for the care of the patient.  This evaluation must be completed within one hour of the initiation of restraint or seclusion used for the management of violent or self-destructive behavior that jeopardizes the physical safety of the patient, staff, or others.  A trained registered nurse or a physician assistant may conduct the in-person evaluation.  

 
Last updated on March 09, 2021
Manual: Critical Access Hospital
Chapter: Provision of Care Treatment and Services PC

If no, please comment on how we could improve this response.

If you have additional standards-related questions regarding this topic, please use the Standards Online Submission Form
Surgeons in an operating room

Additional Resources

Train your staff with a tool to quickly and efficiently assess standards compliance with our 2021 Hospital Compliance Assessment Workbook.

A group of medical professionals have a discussion in a meeting room

Hospital Webinars

Keep learning with our Hospital Breakfast Briefings Webinar Series. Get a deep dive into our standards, chapter-by-chapter, individually or as a team.

Female doctor using digital tablet in her office.

Looking for Standards?

Get key information your hospital needs to achieve and maintain continuous standards compliance and experience operational improvement.