Does your unit have to absorb the cost of sitters? - page 3

by NBMom1225 6,296 Views | 23 Comments

Our 36 bed med-surg/surgical unit is always inundated with sitter cases, average of 4-6 per shift. If we can't get enough sitters, our techs are pulled to sit, leaving us short on the floor. What bothers me is that management is... Read More


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    Yes.......they do.
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    Sitters and translators -- our unit sucks up the cost.
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    Quote from Esme12
    Yes.......they do.
    Where I work you need to make sure you get a physician's order to use this type of bed because it is considered a restraint.

    And also where I work, these beds have been pretty useful. We also have "low boy beds" which decreases the distance from the bed to the floor if a patient were to fall. These beds come with mats to put on the sides of the bed to cushion the floor. They also have a built-in bed alarm. Of course, even with all of these "measures" put into place, patients still fall.

    Our unit absorbs the cost of sitters. If we can't find an extra CNA or tech to sit with the patient, we have to pull one from our floor. On a rare occasion, if we have an RN on call and they are not needed on the floor, they will be called in to sit with a patient. If the patient has a family member, we always try to call them in to sit with the patient and they usually never make a fuss and this can really help us out.

    I have worked in other hospitals and they too had to pull a CNA/tech from the floor or from another unit to come sit with the patient.
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    Quote from turnforthenurseRN
    Where I work you need to make sure you get a physician's order to use this type of bed because it is considered a restraint.

    And also where I work, these beds have been pretty useful. We also have "low boy beds" which decreases the distance from the bed to the floor if a patient were to fall. These beds come with mats to put on the sides of the bed to cushion the floor. They also have a built-in bed alarm. Of course, even with all of these "measures" put into place, patients still fall.

    Our unit absorbs the cost of sitters. If we can't find an extra CNA or tech to sit with the patient, we have to pull one from our floor. On a rare occasion, if we have an RN on call and they are not needed on the floor, they will be called in to sit with a patient. If the patient has a family member, we always try to call them in to sit with the patient and they usually never make a fuss and this can really help us out.

    I have worked in other hospitals and they too had to pull a CNA/tech from the floor or from another unit to come sit with the patient.
    These type beds have been reported and caused patient deaths. You ABSOLLUTELY NEED AN ORDER! They have their place but I have never liked them.


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