Quote from MrChicagoRN
No, it's not a chemical restraint because you are giving it to induce a therapeutic effect, and to do what Ativan is intended to do.
From the Joint Commission site Standards FAQ Details | Joint Commission
The Joint Commission follows the CMS definition of restraint, which is as follows:"The 42 CFR (Code of Federal Regulations)482.13(e)(1) Definitions (i) A restraint is— (A) Any manual method, physical or mechanical device, material, or equipment that immobilizes or reduces the ability of a patient to move his or her arms, legs, body, or head freely; or 42 CFR 482.13(e)(1)(i)(B) (A restraint is— ) A drug or medication when it is used as a restriction to manage the patient's behavior or restrict the patient's freedom of movement and is not a standard treatment or dosage for the patient's condition.
As I read this, your Ativan is for managing behavior and is not part of their standard medication regimen, therefore, it is still a chemical restraint. Not ALL chemical restraints are inappropriate. And if it's me who is out of control and in danger of hurting myself or others, I'd rather you try chemical restraint before strapping me to a bed.