Is it ever ok to remove a resident from his room while giving routine care

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    while giving routine care to roommate?
    I would think not.

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    IMO, it would depend on a few factors, most notably: exactly what the routine care entails (keep in mind that what is considered "routine" could vary somewhat depending on the patient and their condition), could the patient be given a reasonable level of privacy while you perform this care...and if not, could the patient or roomie be removed if necessary so privacy is maintained?

    I'd say in the vast majority of cases, removing the roomie would NOT be necessary. But you'd have to assess the situation.
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    I have never removed a roommate unless my patient was coding or in some critical situation....,
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    In a code situation, or a situation where a patient was behaving violently, I have removed a roommate. For daily care, no.
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    Not for routine. Post mortem or Code situatons, yes absolutley.
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    Unless there are special circumstances (emergency, violence, death etc.) I've never seen that happen before.
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    I have tactfully removed a roommate, directed to an activity, while administering enema, fecal disimpaction. The resident being cared for was totally oriented, and was embarrassed enough to e to go through the procedure. Sparing the roommate from the odor, and the roommate from further embarrassment seemed the kindest thing to do at the time.

    Hmm, after rereading this, I guess enemas/ disimpaction isn't really considered "routine" care. It just feels like "routine" for some residents on some days. Boy we need more hydration and fiber around here.
    Last edit by boggle on Feb 18, '13 : Reason: Additional thought
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