This is a discussion on Moving patients in Operating Room Nursing, part of Nursing Specialties ... I worked in a teaching hospital for a long time, and I was taught that you should never move a...
Oct 13, '12
I worked in a teaching hospital for a long time, and I was taught that you should never move a patient without having four people, one at each side. It was also drilled into my head that, after the surgery, you never leave that patient's side. This is what I've always done, until I went to a private hospital not too long ago. Now that I don't have medical students and residents to help, it seems like such a hazard. It's pretty obvious they're out to save a buck wherever they can, but when I'm going outside the room to get the stretcher, leaving nobody directly next to the patient since anesthesia is at the head and the scrub tech is cleaning up for the insanely quick turnover, this is a huge hazard. I actually had a patient wake up wild, and we got to her side just in time to keep her from falling off the OR table, but even with both of us holding the patient down, it was still very difficult. There was nobody else around to help though. Having one less body when it comes to moving these patients places staff at a higher risk for injury as well. I'm a petite female with a small body frame (so are most of the girls I work with as well), and it is very difficult for me to move obese patients without that extra hand. I am curious, is this really the norm in the private world or did I just happen to land myself a job at a terrible hospital?
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