I hope you are all having a wonderful day or night, whatever time it may be
I just wanted some insight about something. I am a CNA who has been working on a med/surg floor for several years now, and am curious about something.
When changing a patient who has messed the bed, it is common for the nurse or aide to toss the dirty linen to a pile on the floor, rather than having a linen cart in the room and putting it directly inside. This has always made me somewhat uncomfortable and I try to bring the cart in with me and use it appropriately. However, I've noticed that this is not a common practice; the floor piles are. After the change is done, the pile is picked up and carried to the cart.
This is how I was shown, and nothing has been said about the exact protocol in linen disposal, and I was just wondering if this is normal in other hospitals too? Any thoughts? Thank you!
Oct 22, '13
It shouldn't be done, but in my experience it is done often. If I know I am going to change the patient, I take the linen cart. For patients who are incontinent a lot, I keep a roll of linen bags in the room with them so I can just grab one and put the linen in that.
Last edit by JDZ344 on May 14, '14