Sitting a patient on the floor

  1. Have you ever had to sit a dementia with behaviors patient on the floor temporarily for safety? If so, what other interventions did you try first?
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  3. by   crazin01
    I've only used putting patient on floor, if patient is already falling, classifying fall as 'controlled' fall.

    As far as keeping the patient (who wont stay in bed) busy: We would place them in a wheelchair and have them sitting at nursing station while staff charted.

    giving them a simple task: disheveling wash clothes & asking patient if they could help staff with folding linens. Such a small, silly & simple task, was usually successful. My thinking is that the older folks want to feel productive.


    a more elderly patient,
  4. by   Nursemommyme
    What if they keep trying to climb out of their chair or bed even with activities and food offered? I'm at a loss.
  5. by   Dakeirus
    Once a upon a time, I put the mattress of a stretcher on the floor for one of our cray cray patients who kept trying to get out of bed. He rolled around that mattress all night and the 1:1 kept him from crawling out of the room. He didn't fall and we didn't have to constantly go to the room trying to wrestle him and keep him on the bed.
  6. by   Penelope_Pitstop
    Do you have low beds? When I did acute care, we could obtain a low bed with floor mats without a physician's order. It's almost like sitting on the floor. In this particular case, I would try to order a safety sitter.
  7. by   hppygr8ful
    Quote from Nursemommyme
    Have you ever had to sit a dementia with behaviors patient on the floor temporarily for safety? If so, what other interventions did you try first?
    I once had to use an MMA take down on an aggressive dementia patient who came at me with a dinner fork - My chart "Patient swung on this writer with a steel dinner fork. He lost his balance and was gently assisted to the floor."

    Hppy

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