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by nursecheryler

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scenario: patient in a room in a hospital 2 days with a bedside commode with someone else's urine in it. asked several times for it to be removed instead was just moved around the room "out of the way" and come back in a... Read More


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    Quote from hp79
    Silly question, but in this "scenario," is it possible that the OP is the patient?
    or just another trying to stir ppl up, since the OP has never commented again?
    Last edit by Esme12 on Jul 2, '13 : Reason: TOS
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    If I find that a pt has used the BSC and the aide is not aware, I empty it, clean it and chart it. No biggie. How something sat for that long is ridiculous. we never have them in the hall, so that would be a huge red flag to me.

    Not sure if there would be legal ramifications (?)
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    Quote from nursecheryler
    scenario: patient in a room in a hospital 2 days with a bedside commode with someone else's urine in it. asked several times for it to be removed instead was just moved around the room "out of the way" and come back in a minute...2 days later the patient put the urine filled bedside commode out in the hallway, where it was still sitting when the patient was discharged. nurse thought the tech did it the tech thought the nurse did it...no one took ownership...
    Is this a scenario for school? What semester are you?

    While a dirty commode is gross....there are no legal ramifications.... the staff is lazy and need to be reprimanded/fired..........unless someone was not competent/oriented/alert or a toddler who couldn't know better and drank/ate/played in the urine then MAYBE it could be argued that patient was placed in some sort of "peril"

    However as per the Terms of Service....if this is not a school assignment.......members cannot ask/offer legal/medical advice.
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    Personally, If I even went into the room with a dirty commode...... I would have moved it out of my room immediately into the hallway and my call bell would NOT have stopped until someone did their job!
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    I would have moved it out of my room immediately into the hallway and my call bell would NOT have stopped until....
    I work ortho, they usually are either bedrest first day or stand and pivot to BSC (hence the need for the BSC). can't see them moving it LOL. usually PT helps them to BSC the first time so I hope they would dump or notify.
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    Quote from mmc51264
    I work ortho, they usually are either bedrest first day or stand and pivot to BSC (hence the need for the BSC). can't see them moving it LOL. usually PT helps them to BSC the first time so I hope they would dump or notify.
    It still would not takre me two days to get annoyed enough to move it my self. If I were not capable of moving it myself I know my fingers can do the walking in a phone call to the CEO
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    Quote from beckyboo1

    or just another trying to stir ppl up, since the OP has never commented again?
    That was my other thought.
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    You clean it yourself first and ask questions later, it's your patient, you are their advocate and you make sure that room is clean. People that replied that they would dump it on the floor: really????
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    Quote from valeriamariaflynn
    You clean it yourself first and ask questions later, it's your patient, you are their advocate and you make sure that room is clean. People that replied that they would dump it on the floor: really????
    No one said dump it one the floor. Several people said that if they were the pt they would move the commode out of the room
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    Quote from Pepper The Cat
    No one said dump it one the floor. Several people said that if they were the pt they would move the commode out of the room
    A poster DID say the would "dump it in the floor and call the CNO"...
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    I said I would dump it on the floor and call the cno. It will quickly get cleaned if it is on the floor.
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