pre-nursing student here with a potentially stupid question. I'm just wondering...I've seen people talking about "applying restraints", are we talking about literally strapping someone into bed? under what circumstances does this happen? is this talking about making sure someone doesn't fall out of bed accidentally, or keeping someone in bed against their will? I really hope it's the former. are there any circumstances (aside from psych nursing, I assume) where nurses are expected to restrain the unwilling? without context, I'd have trouble accepting that...
Feb 26, '09
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I want to extend my heartfelt condolences to you and your family. Your family could have requested for a room transfer wherein there are windows and where the sun rises. Was your grandfather on a mechanical ventilator at the time he requested to go outside and see the sun? Taking into account if he's not on a mech vent and he's not contented with the room transfer and he really wants to go out of his room, well, someone in your family could borrow a wheelchair from the nurses station and ask the nurse (if he's/she's not busy) to accompany them to the end 0f the hallway windows where he can see the sun with a portable Oxygen tank attached to him (if needed). As nurses, our responsibility to a dying patient is to respect their dignity for them to have a peaceful death. Granting a simple request of a dying patient leads to a happy death.
I'm not sure what kind of ventilator he was on - when we heard he was in the hospital we drove from arkansas to indiana (he has 2 kids and 10 or so grandkids who live in state, and two kids out of state, my mom being one of them) and only got there after they had taken him off the ventilator. by the time we got there to see him he was sleeping peacefully, then we went home for the night while my mom stayed with him, and he died with her there in the room.
before we got there, actually, there was a really nice male nurse who rolled his bed and IV and all that out to a hallway with floor to ceiling glass windows so he could see the sun and the trees for a while, he sat with him there for 10 minutes or so. he was the only one my grandpa didn't throw pillows at, haha.
hearing about how much of a difference he made is also the reason I applied to nursing school.
Last edit by feralnostalgia on Feb 26, '09