Visitor silencing neighboring alarms - page 5

by PediLove2147

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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 me patient A's IV pump alarm... Read More


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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!
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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.
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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.
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    Did managment offer a movie ticket out of their TOOL box?
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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.
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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.
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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
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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...
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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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