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I'm looking for information regarding when a person can/cannot leave AMA. If the patient is ETOH and unable to care for themself do they need a court hold to disable the AMA right? My thoughts are they require a Court Hold, but I'm still new to this RN thing. It may be different per state, I'm in KS right now. Thanks.

mpccrn, BSN, RN

Specializes in ICU. Has 30 years experience.

usually if the patient is competent, they can leave unless they are pending a 302.......held against their will for their own safety

In every state I have worked there was a regulation regarding this. Court holds are possible for ETOH, but there are strict guidelines that have to be met.:banghead:

classicdame, MSN, EdD

Specializes in Hospital Education Coordinator.

The people who generally know this state law well are the Social Workers and Risk Management officer in the facility.

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