They have started something new at my facility. For all red area's, open areas, scratches and bruises or any other injuries of unknown origin we have a new policy. If we didn't see how it happened we have to call the administrative person oncall anytime day or night to report it. Then we have to fill out an incident report, an internal investigation form, initiate a care plan and document it in the nurses notes. This is for every single one. Our books have completely filled up with these nursing care plans
. We are spending tons of time on this. The population we work with are mentally retarded and many of them have self injurious behaviors and often pick and scratch at themselves. This is quickly becoming overwhelming. So are other agencies doing this? We are being told it is mandated by the fed government because of sitations for not reporting these incidents in a timely manner. What I want to know is everyone having to do this or is this or facilities very stupid plan of correction. It is driving me nuts what tends to happen is that most of the other shifts do not want to deal with it so 3rd shift is most often the ones finding these things. So how about it is this all over or just my facility?