I am a first year nursing student and I have a learning issue that I need to get some information on.
I am trying to find out what your employers policy on documenting falls are and who gets notified.
I am mainly just trying to compare the different policies out there.
At a nursing home in my area, if someone falls and gets injured, they just fill out an incident report and then they put it on the assistant DON's desk.
If you are okay with giving me some information, I will need what type of facility you work in, the policy, and what state you're in.
Thank you so much for everyone's help.
I work LTC in Connecticut. When a fall happens, we fill out a form (computerized), notify the family of the resident and the resident's doctor.
If its past a certain time of night (9:30PM), unless its a major injury, I think it is, we just leave the info on the nursing supervisiors desk and she/he calls the family and the doc 1st thing in the morning.
Facilities have different policies regarding falls, incidents, etc and how its to be documented and who is to be notified.
ETA: We also follow a protocol. We have the charge RN do an assessment, if head injury is suspected we do neuro checks (usually q15min x 1 hour, q 30 min x 2 hours, q 1 hour x 2 hours, q 2 hours x 4, q 4 hours x 4, q 8 hours x 4), we chart on the pt q shift x 3 days.
Basically, we follow what all the others have posted. I was just giving the quickie answer with my first post
Last edit by CT Pixie on Sep 7, '08