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Use of Tasers and other control weapons remains debate in hospitals

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October 1, 2019

By A.J. Plunkett (aplunkett@decisionhealth.com)

Carefully review whether you want to allow security officers to carry conducted-electrical weapons (CEW) such as Taser® devices on your facility grounds. If you choose to allow them, ensure a high level of training in both when and how to use the weapons, compliant with your hospital’s weapons policy and CMS’ restraint and seclusion requirements.

Also be aware that CMS has cited hospitals for the improper use of such weapons, including a Pennsylvania hospital who faced immediate jeopardy (IJ) after a guard used a CEW in an attempt to control a patient earlier this year who was “becoming verbally and physically aggressive.”

Be aware that CMS has cited hospitals for the improper use of such weapons, including a Pennsylvania hospital who faced immediate jeopardy (IJ) after a guard used a CEW in an attempt to control a patient earlier this year.



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