Question about the nursing home I work at.

  1. We have two extremely obese residents at my job. The company is too cheap to buy the lift sling to properly toilet these people. I use a regular lift sling and drag it out from underneath them once I get them on the toilet. Once they are finished I drag the sling back under them while puling on their legs to the side. They are greatful to get to use the regular toilet, but it seems like the proper equipment would make this job a whole lot easier. This is something I am expected to do and I just don't think it is correct. The way I have to do it is uncomfortable because I can't put the sling fully underneath them and I don't think it is completely safe doing it this way. Is there any advice as to what I can say or do about this? I am a nursing student and a CNA btw and this is mostly CNA work.
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  3. by   Esme12
    moved for best response
  4. by   Rhi007
    It's an OH&S hazard not to have the correct equipment. If that workplace doesn't mind you having a screwed back and being on work cover because they're to cheap to buy the correct equipment then it's on them.

    Personally I believe when it comes to patient and carer safety no expense should be spared; whether its a new lifter, an extra hand on a busy shift etc.
  5. by   TakeTwoAspirin
    It is not safe for you, and it is not safe for the patients. Stop doing it until you have the proper equipment and training. If that means they can't get out of bed to use the bathroom, then so be it. You can bet your life that if something goes wrong and either you or a resident gets hurt they will deny knowledge that you were even doing this.
  6. by   xoemmylouox
    This puts you in a tough situation. You want to do what's best for your resident, but you also want to protect yourself. If your resident gets injured because you were using incorrect equipment they may hold you accountable. I would put something in writing that a sling that is an appropriate size is needed. CYA.