I'm curious as to how other facilities handle "lost" patient items.
Recently we had a patient who "lost" a very expensive item the night before discharge. The daughter of the patient claims it was present when she left the night before, and was gone the next morning when she came to pick him up at discharge. Security is treating it as a crime, and management is all up in arms.
It really seems to me that anything expensive should be 1.) left at home or 2.) put in the hospital safe. We document it on the property list, but really have no way of ensuring that everything stays safe. We have a very community oriented hospital - visitors are allowed 24 hours a day, and security has no idea who is on what floor. It could have been an employee, an outsider, or a scam by the family.
Seems to me that if a paitent insists on expensive items on their person, they should sign a waiver that the hospital is not responsible for lost/stolen items.
Regardless, I don't think the nurse should be held responsible for personal items. We have enough to worry about as it is.