Visitor silencing neighboring alarms - page 4

I had patient B, another nurse had patient A. Our tech sucks so I answered a call light (as she sat there doing nothing) that had been going off for 10 minutes. When I go in patient B's visitor tells... Read More

  1. Visit  redhead_NURSE98! profile page
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    Quote from Cold Stethoscope
    A while back, while I was treated with IV antibiotics after an iatrogenic intestinal perforation, my IV pump would regularly act up and sound the alarm (often because the tubing would become occluded from slight kinks), and, rather than listening to the interminable beeping (yes, understaffing), I called the nurse and silenced the alarm. No one ever told me not to. Perhaps the nurse thought a tech came by and shut off the alarm.
    Me too. When they told me not to touch it I told them I'm not listening to the stupid thing for more than 15 minutes if I call and they don't come. Meanwhile the whole time it's beeping my elderly slightly demented roommate is screaming at me "SHUT THAT @!#$ thing off!" like I have something to do with it. Yes, I was a bad bad patient. I reviewed my chart at a later date and was surprised there were no detailed notes or CYA notes about what a bad patient I was.

    If it were up to me I would allow certain patients to push their own silence buttons or restart buttons. Lucky for patient safety it's not up to me, lol. You usually only have to tell them once not to touch the equipment. However I didn't know there was a lock on the pump until last week. I need to learn how to use it in all my spare time because yes there are family members and patients who will mess with their own stuff when you can't get to it within 5 minutes.
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  3. Visit  redhead_NURSE98! profile page
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    Quote from LaughingRN
    Reminds me if a time long ago in my externship where a family member with "medical training" adjusted the pump to run in quicker because "mom's dehydrated and it's not going quick enough"

    Except it was k+

    Caught within 5 minutes,
    No harm, but she had a lesson on lethal injections

    A little knowledge can be dangerous...

    What the.....what a kook! My customer service would not have been very good at that point!
  4. Visit  redhead_NURSE98! profile page
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    Oh I do so enjoy the hospitalist who comes around and if the pump beeps while she's in there she just shuts it off completely and doesn't say anything to you about it. Please, do ask me about the vanc trough level the next time it's drawn.
  5. Visit  Sadala profile page
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    Quote from wooh
    We'll let our parents silence the alarm IF they call us when they do. But touching someone else's? Oh H to the NO.
    I am definitely guilty of silencing my OWN alarm and then calling to let the nurse know it had gone off and I hit the silence button. I can't imagine touching someone else's. Nobody ever seemed to mind that I did this, sometimes they couldn't get in there right away because they had something much more acute to deal with elsewhere.
  6. Visit  kcmylorn profile page
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    Did managment offer a movie ticket out of their TOOL box?
  7. Visit  SionainnRN profile page
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    I recently told the mom of a 6 day old in the ER that she could hit the silence button, and showed her where it was, but told her to make sure she hit the call light to let us know. It was important for the 24g IV to not blow, hence keeping it at TKO, but it was also important for the mom and the baby to get some rest.
    On the other hand when working in the trauma ICU there was a family who extubated their loved one cause they thought the ETT was choking them and they couldn't breathe. Sigh. Pt ended up dying cause they couldn't get them reintubated or trached. Very sad. This is why I would always tell the family not to touch anything. But with the long term patients the familys did get really good at helping us out and being part of the team.
  8. Visit  Sadala profile page
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    Quote from redhead_NURSE98!
    Oh I do so enjoy the hospitalist who comes around and if the pump beeps while she's in there she just shuts it off completely and doesn't say anything to you about it. Please, do ask me about the vanc trough level the next time it's drawn.
    I've also had this occur with physicians who come in to see me and as soon as they've left the room I've reported to the nurse that the pump was shot off by the physician due to alarming, so that nurse knows and can restart it.

    Apparently, NOBODY really likes to listen to the alarm.
  9. Visit  Daisy_08 profile page
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    Once had a family member of pt A silence pt Bs vent alarm. This visitor was told do it again and your out. Guess what- he did it again. The guy was a real jerk. Even turned off the poor womens tv
  10. Visit  Elainehall34 profile page
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    When I started as a new nurse and work at the hospital this is when I noticed that this was an issue. A patient actually would change the settings of his IV fluids to run faster when I confronted him he decided that he did not like me anymore and fired me as his nurse at no point after reporting it to the unit manager was I told good job. Hello my license is on the line.all I was told was he's a frequent flyer he does this so why was it ok for him to even be firing me for something he could cause more trama to himself versus having him sign a waiver giving him warnings or telling him if he continues you be discharged for noncompliance...
  11. Visit  msjellybean profile page
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    Quote from SionainnRN
    I recently told the mom of a 6 day old in the ER that she could hit the silence button, and showed her where it was, but told her to make sure she hit the call light to let us know. It was important for the 24g IV to not blow, hence keeping it at TKO, but it was also important for the mom and the baby to get some rest.
    On the other hand when working in the trauma ICU there was a family who extubated their loved one cause they thought the ETT was choking them and they couldn't breathe. Sigh. Pt ended up dying cause they couldn't get them reintubated or trached. Very sad. This is why I would always tell the family not to touch anything. But with the long term patients the familys did get really good at helping us out and being part of the team.


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