Put a fall risk bracelet on them (we also have bright colored non-slip socks that indicate to other interdisciplinary members that they are a fall risk), put bed alarms on if indicated, side rails up x2, call button within reach, as well as instructions given on how to use the call bell and a reminder to the patient that if they want to get up, even to go sit in the chair, go to the restroom etc that they should use their bell to call us for help. Is it fool proof? Absolutely not.
sitter???? hahaha we're lucky to even have enough techs , much less sitters.
Sometimes I just bring my chair/COW in the room , and voila! I'm the sitter!!! and everyone else gets less nursing care!
Urgh, and when she falls and fractures something, you can bet nursing management won't be taking the blame.
I think maybe this hospital learned a lesson. (Click the name of the hospital to see the citation they got from the state.)
Pomerado Hospital 15615 Pomerado Road, Poway, 92064, San Diego County - The hospital failed to ensure the health and safety of a patient when it did not follow its policies and procedures for fall prevention. This is the third administrative penalty issued to the hospital. The penalty is $75,000
PS: I typed that the nurse could advocate for the safety of the patient by asking the doctor to order a sitter.