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What is the first thing you do when you put a fall-risk pt in the bed?

  1. 0 As nurse what is the first thing you do when you put a pt in the bed that is a fall risk
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  3. Visit  Orange Tree profile page
    #1 20
    You cover them with a magical, fall-prevention blanket until you have time to read your assigned material and come up with a better plan.
  4. Visit  martymoose profile page
    #2 5
    Make sure their BED alarm is on. I'm sure they'll be safe then
  5. Visit  scrubsandasmile profile page
    #3 5
    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.
  6. Visit  herring_RN profile page
    #4 0
    It is OK to ask the physician for an order for a sitter if you think it is appropriate.
  7. Visit  K+MgSO4 profile page
    #5 8
    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!
  8. Visit  martymoose profile page
    #6 2
    ^^^good point.
    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!
  9. Visit  loriangel14 profile page
    #7 2
    I tell them to stay put.
  10. Visit  catlvr profile page
    #8 1
    Oooooh, I'd pay good money for one of those blankets! Where did you get yours?
  11. Visit  Blackcat99 profile page
    #9 0
    Yes, we have a lady who is always falling. She is suppose to be on 1:1 at all times. She's not. Nursing management won't pay to have a sitter for her.
  12. Visit  JDZ344 profile page
    #10 8
    Quote from Blackcat99
    Yes, we have a lady who is always falling. She is suppose to be on 1:1 at all times. She's not. Nursing management won't pay to have a sitter for her.
    Urgh, and when she falls and fractures something, you can bet nursing management won't be taking the blame.
  13. Visit  herring_RN profile page
    #11 0
    Quote from KatieP86
    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
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    PS: I typed that the nurse could advocate for the safety of the patient by asking the doctor to order a sitter.
  14. Visit  herring_RN profile page
    #12 0
    Bed alarms don't work and won't reduce patient falls

    http://www.kevinmd.com/blog/2013/01/...ent-falls.html

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