I probably would get bad ratings about this post but.....
Have you ever had a 500 lbs pt that expects you to give them a boost in bed by yourself and if you excuse yourself to get help, they get upset because you can't do it by yourself?
Have you ever had a male pt who is so hairy, you can't tape an IV down?
Feb 22, '13
I don't really deal with IVs but yes I have patients who want boosts and there is no way in hell I'm doing it by myself and they get annoyed at me.
Sorry, I'd rather not injure my back.
I honestly ask for help with 99% of boosts though. And I'll refuse to help someone who is an assist of one when I know they're heavy. I'll always ask for help.
Feb 23, '13
Yes & Yes.
You only have one back so protect it by getting help.
As to the other, I admitted a s/p cath lab patient with an IABP that had to go immediately to surgery for open heart. The typical pre-op routine for open heart surgery is clipping the patient's hair from the arms, chest, and legs then washing them with special bath solution, changing gown and sheets. It usually takes a specially trained tech 20 minutes total. Unfortunately due to the hair factor, it took 2 techs 45 minutes with both of them clipping away. The O.R. Team was super mad that it was taking so long to prep the patient. I told them, they'd understand when they saw him (the patient). They apologized afterwards and even thanked us for our efforts...lol...
Feb 23, '13
1. Good chance to say "let's see what you can do to get yourself up in bed" ----teachable moment as you are ringing the call bell for assistance....
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