Here's my problem. My last night at work, I had an incident. First time I ever had a patient fall. Technically I don't think it would be classified as a fall, here's what happened.
I was walking by the patients room, saw that this 1 day post op patient up up out of bed and walking toward the window (which is the opposite way from the bathroom) using her walker she had wedged herself between the bed next to hers, and the chair. I came in and asked what she was doing. She was disoriented and said, "I'm not at home am I?, am I in the hospital? When am I going to have surgery?" I told her yes, she's in the hospital, she had surgery the day before, and what was she trying to do? She said, I just needed to get to the bathroom. So I said, well do you want to try to get to the bathroom, or do you want to go back to bed and have a bedpan? She stated whatever is closer. So we started back to the bed. She turned around, and took one step and said "I just can't do it" and went limp on me. I caught her, slid her down my leg to the floor and called for help. It took 3 of us to get her back into a chair. When I caught her it was a twisting motion on my back. It hurt at the time, but not something I couldn't handle. I live with chronic back pain. But when I got home my back was excruciating. Of course, it was Sat, christmas eve. My doctors were closed and so I came home took 2 lortab 10/500 (my rx is for 1 10/500) and laid down. It was excruciating. Tried heat, resting all day. Finally yesterday it was better. Not perfect but better.
Anyway - I filed an incident report on the patient, near fall, but not one on myself.
Since I've only been there 3 months I hate to do one on myself for it probably looks bad, especially since I have documented back problems. What would any of you do in this situation?
BTW. the patient wasn't hurt in any way by this (except the fact she pulled her IV out and had to get a new one in order to get her PCA morphine). But other than that the patient was fine. Of course, after this I put a personal alarm on her to stop her from getting up without us knowing.
Suggestions please? I go back to work tonight, my back is still quite sore (think I just strained it) but should I ask to not do any lifting for the night since my doctor is out of the office until tomorrow?