What is the first thing you do when you put a fall-risk pt in the bed? - page 3
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As nurse what is the first thing you do when you put a pt in the bed that is a fall risk... Read More
- 1Jan 29, '13 by Blackcat99Quote from K+MgSO4At my LTC, we were told that we could not put the bed against a wall. Someone said that the wall was considered to be some kind of restraint???? Is this true?you do your own homework!
PS herring_RN you need a Dr order for a sitter - I dont as it comes out of the nursing budget.
Shove the bed againt a wall.................reduced area to fall by 50% bet you won't find that in a text book!
- 3Jan 29, '13 by Glycerine82, CNAQuote from herring_RNWe have a ton of patients who hear the alarm and remember they need to get help. I find they at least deter the pt a bit.Bed alarms dont work and wont reduce patient falls
"No day but today"
- 1Jan 29, '13 by ParvulusPuellaOur beds have the alarms built in, and are sensitive to about a 25% weight change. Most of our fall risk patients aren't fast enough to do more that sit at the side of the bed before someone gets in the room because the alarm is wailing. I'd say they work just fine.
And if the pt is a huge fall risk according to our scoring criteria, we get the low bed with 3 sensitivity settings. Granted, sometimes all the pt has to do is roll over and the alarm goes off, but i'd rather silence false alarms than do all the fall paperwork.
- 1Jan 29, '13 by KelRN215, BSN, RNQuote from MotherRNFOUR (as in all) side rails up are a restraint. Two or three are what's expected depending on the facility. How would two side rails up be a restraint? It's not restraining the patient in the bed, there's ample space for them to get out.Just to clarify....I thought side rails up X2 = restraints (or at least I think that's what they taught in nursing school-I'm a recent grad). Not that I don't think it's a good idea, just clarifying that it's kosher
- 0Jan 29, '13 by joanna73 GuideQuote from MotherRNYes side rails can be considered a restraint. It depends on the policy where you work, and the individual resident. Many of our residents have 2 or 3 rails up for safety, because they move around a lot in bed. If the resident rolls out of bed and splits their head open on the concrete floor because no rails were up, we will have bigger issues. Safety is always your first priority.Just to clarify....I thought side rails up X2 = restraints (or at least I think that's what they taught in nursing school-I'm a recent grad). Not that I don't think it's a good idea, just clarifying that it's kosher
- 3Jan 29, '13 by mappersQuote from TyrisI call Housekeeping to get that falls risk bed out of the room and get me a regular bed. I hate beds that are fall risk.As nurse what is the first thing you do when you put a pt in the bed that is a fall risk