When I was a CNA, I got written up and the writeup sounded horrible. It said that I left a alzheimers patient completely naked and uncovered in four-point restraints with his bed way up in the air. Makes me sound horrible, right?
However, THIS is the story behind it. The man was combative, and so we were supposed to only untie one wrist at a time to bathe him. I went in there with another CNA and we raised his bed high for our own comfort. I untied the wrist closest to me and began bathing him. Well, without discussing it with me, the other CNA decided to untie the other wrist. The next thing I know, the man has reached over with the hand she untied and grabbed a fistful of skin right above my right breast. He grabs ahold and pulls it toward him with all his might, ripping the skin away from my ribs. I was screaming, two other LPNs ran in, and they were able to get him to turn loose of me but the damage was done. I was sobbing and it felt like my chest was on fire, I gasped that I needed to get some ice and ran doubled over out of the room. I put ice on my chest for twenty minutes, and ended up with a basketball sized bruise starting below my neck and covering my right breast. It was excrutiating. Well, apparently both nurses and the other CNA had just retied his wrists and left the room. They did not finish the bath, dress him, lower the bed, or even cover him up. I know that technically he was assigned to me, but he had badly injured me and I was unable to stay in the room. The bruise lasted for weeks, he had actually pulled the flesh away from my ribcage. Before I walked out of the lounge (where I was holding the icepack to my chest) my charge nurse came in furious, screaming at me that how dare I leave that poor man in that condition. I tried to explain that there were three people in that room when I left, and they left him that way, not me- but she didn't care. All I could do was write an explanation and attach it to the writeup. I signed my explanation, but refused to sign the writeup itself.