What should I Have Done? - page 2

Hello Friends, I was doing a phone pacemaker check when my CNA came to me that a resident had raised her recliner up to high and had slid out onto the floor. Was not bleeding or moaning in pain.... Read More

  1. by   canoehead
    I am with the minority I guess. If I knew the pacer check was going to be no more than 30 seconds longer on the phone I would have finished it and then assessed the resident. In a hospital setting I have completed a task and then gone to assess a problem unless I knew there was a life/limb emergency in progress. If a patient has fallen in the next room, and I know someone is with them, a short delay to say "excuse me" or make sure the person I'm attending to is safe seems appropriate.

    Of course, if we're talking about a delay of greater than a minute it becomes a bigger risk. How long does a pacer check take anyway?
  2. by   anrn1995
    I agree with jjjoy. Other people get away with so much stuff and never get a slap on the hand. She messes up once and gets terminated. I slide out of the chair and just sitting on the floor to me was not so emergent that she couldnt finish the test. A FALL out of the bed-is a different story......
  3. by   txspadequeenRN
    I would have hung up , you could have always done the pace maker check later. Even though the CNA did not see any blood that does not mean she was not injured. I think you being fired was excessive, Ive seen much much worse in LTC with no more than a slap on the hand...
    Last edit by txspadequeenRN on Jan 26, '07

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