I am looking for ideas to prevent water pitchers that have been refilled being returned to the wrong patients. Our pitchers/jugs are made with a lid that has a straw to drink out of and a separate place to pour water from. They are two separate pieces
It is not unusual that when a PCT refills a pitcher they either put the wrong lid on or give the wrong pitcher back to the patient.
We have name labels on the top and the side of the pitchers with the room numbers written on them, thus we find pitchers with two different names on them.
My suggestion of filling one at a time and returning it to the patient did not go over well because it is not "time efficient". The problem is occurring on all floors, not just one area.
I personally like the old style of pitcher that the patients did not drink from, the water was poured into a cup for the patient to drink. This way if an error was made at least the patient hadn't drank from the pitcher.
Are there water pitchers available where the top and bottom pieces cannot be separated? (Any pictures would be helpful.) At least that would take care of part of the problem of getting it right.
It is my desire to take a "leadership" role and find a way to keep this from happening. Any ideas/thoughts are appreciated.