Is this common? - page 2
I was just wondering if it is common practice in LTC to only have wash cloths, soap and water for all brief changes, peri care and disinfecting things like shower chairs? Oh yeah, and ONE thermometer... Read More
May 25, '09Occupation: ED NP and Clinical Instructor Specialty: Emergency Nursing ; From: US ; Joined: Jul '05; Posts: 1,201; Likes: 1,547Try working for a LTC facility that has a limit on how many washcloths and towels you can use on each resident (in this case it was two washcloths and one towel per person per shift.) This means that once you use your two washcloths and one towel to clean a resident in the morning if they are incontinent before the second shift you will have nothing to clean them up with unless you borrow them from the next resident because the towels and washcloths are closely counted and the linen closets are locked up so that you cannot get any extras if necessary. This was my experience as a nursing student during my gerontology clinical and I know as a CNA I would never work at a place like that but unfortunately I don't think its as uncommon as people may think. LTC in this country really needs an overhaul, badly.
May 26, '09Specialty: 5 year(s) of experience in LTC, Home Health ; From: US ; Joined: Feb '09; Posts: 108; Likes: 82It was that bad where I worked! Conditions for the residents were terrible. It was so bad some days residents could not get showers because there were no wash cloths or towels. I am happy to say I no longer work there. I still think about the patients from time to time though. I wonder if the quality of care is still as poor as it was when I left last year.
May 26, '09Occupation: . Specialty: . ; From: US ; Joined: Apr '09; Posts: 412; Likes: 188In the nursing home I work in we use high care pads (fancy wipes, basically) but in all the hospitals I've done clinical on it's a tub of warm soapy water and wash cloths