Last month we had a patient die at our hospital, he was strangled from his posey vest.
The nurse who admitted the pt from ER was overwhelmed with 7 pts, this admit made her 8th patient. She made an admit note, placed him in a posey.
Her next entry in the chart is 4 hrs later, the patient was dead.
Needless to say, they have now discontinued the use of poseys at our facility, and all staff is required to attend a 2-hr inservice on use of restraints. This is on top of our already annual mandatory on restraints.
How awful is this?? I have heard the family is not going to pursue legal action.
The nurse caring for the pt recieved no counceling or support from the hospital. The hospital lawyer questioned her and wanted to know why she removed the restraint when she found him dead.