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IV pump falls onto patient's head and seriously injures him

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why do nurses feel that they always have to throw one another under the bus?

in this very same area (completely different hospital system), not to many years ago, you may all recall a series of incidents involving the overdosing of nicu babies with heparin. although the rca showed a multitude of contributing factors, the nurses were vilified by the press.

one of those nurses committed suicide soon after the incident.

meg blizz, i suggest, that if you have any personal knowledge regarding the situation, talk to the authorities. don't post it here.

furthermore, i believe in nursing karma. treat your fellow nurses with respect, you will be respected. treat them bad, you will be treated bad. throw them under the bus, you will soon realize the weight of indygo.

****please note, i do not, nor have i ever worked for either health system mentioned in this post*****

i dont have any personal knowledge on the situation, i just copied and pasted a comment from the article comments listed below the article, because i couldnt believe a nurse who worked there said that. it was under the article. what are you talking about? :confused: ive never worked at that facility either, i even said i had never seen this type of iv pole, how did you come up with whatever youre saying? i think you have misconstrued information and need to read posts 4-6, the article and the comments below it. i dont know what the heck youre talking about. i feel like youre slandering my name by putting it with false information.

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Yes, now the nurses are responsible for all equipment placement and unsafe room planning, and moving furniture, as well. I'm sure it was the nurses who decided to have the IV pumps installed on the wall, as it would make it so much more convenient to transfer patient, or send to XRAY, etc.

something tells me that will be the hospitals argument in the probable lawsuit.

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martymoose works as a rn.

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Thats why we have licenses - so we can be blamed for everything that goes wrong.

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Esme12 works as a emergency ,critical care,cath lab,open heart,traum.

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i've never seen a wall mounted IV pump. Are these common?

I am familiar with this type of unit. I have seen this unit and worked in one very similar. Very self cntained and easy to work with.......very user friendly.

The unit is a circular based unit. Each room is self contained recovery unit drugs,bathroom,equiptment. Each unit has a "power column" which contains the monitor, defibrillator,O2, suction, terminal ect. The IV poles are placed on vertical sliding mechaisms to go up and down and swing side to side.....the pumps are placed on the poles.

The patients bed is right next to this "power column". The bed is made prior to OR with IV poles on the bed with pumps. The bed goes to the OR and returns with the patient. The IV pumps are removed from the bed and placed on the movable poles attached to the power column when the patient returns from the OR. The poles n the column can be removed and moved to accomodate more pumps when necessary for a critical patient. The advantage of the is keeping the floor/bed area clear while the patient is on bedrest or in critical condition to leave room for access to the patient in a room with limited space. As well as the ease to transport the patient by removing the pumps from the column's pole and back to the bed poles.

The pump must have been hanging over the head of the bed so when the head went up it caught te pole pulling the pole out of it's track.........striking the patient. Where I worked we placed metal "boots" or groves on the floor that the wheel fit into that prevented migraton of the bed during care into the column or slamming into the column when pacing the bed into position post op and during resuscitation measures.

I have cared for a hundreds of patients and even accidentially bumped a few heads in my day.........you know the nurse will be blamed because she should have paid more attention.....the hospital will make her a part of the corrective action.....scary:eek:

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TravelinCEN works as a Travel Nurse.

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Meg Blizz is right, I made a mistake.

I accidently associated her name with a comment made on a different board. I am sorry.

Please forgive me.

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Meg Blizz is right, I made a mistake.

I accidently associated her name with a comment made on a different board. I am sorry.

Please forgive me.

I was like whoa! no harm done, really. I admit I was hurt. I must admit I am a little overly emotional because Im preggos. Thanks so much for replying :redpinkhe means a lot to me. ;)

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That is why they are called accidents!!

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Yes, now the nurses are responsible for all equipment placement and unsafe room planning, and moving furniture, as well. I'm sure it was the nurses who decided to have the IV pumps installed on the wall, as it would make it so much more convenient to transfer patient, or send to XRAY, etc.

Most of the time the rooms are so small you can barely move. I have never seen an iv pole mounted on the wall. I have had the iv pole used as a weapon towards me though. Some of the older IVACs are heavy.

I tried to make sure my rooms were secure during walking change of shift report, but nurses can not predict every thing that will happen. The hospital should be legally responsible. Not the nurse.

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greenfile has 3 years experience and works as a Registered Nurse Demential Care.

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demrn comments:

"this was due to negligence on the part of the rn responsible for this man's care. it was the healthcare professional's responsibility to see that the bed was moved away from the wall and the iv unit prior to readjusting the head of the bed. the nurses in that unit are a joke! they have 1 or 2 patients a shift and spend most of their time talking, eating and watching movies all the while complaining that they don't make enough money. and yes i know what i'm talking about because i know an rn that works in that unit and she talks...a lot!"

hahahaha, unfortunately i bet this comment is true:yeah:

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iluvivt has 32 years experience and works as a Infusion specialtist.

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If that was my dad in that bed....... YES.!.......I would hold the nurse responsible. Every day that I am at work I am on high alert...always cautious and careful and never take anything for granted in my environment. Yes, medication errors are often multifactorial...BUT the last line of defense..the last chance to catch an error is the NURSE administering the medication or treatment. Yes...... the nurse in part will always be blamed and held accountable..it is just the nature of the beast...stressful?...sometimes unfair?..YES...but so true... Yes accidents happen..but that is a simplistic view there are degrees and ones that cause grave bodily injury and death should always be examined and a cause(s) determined.

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Ive never seen a wall mounted IV pole, but Ive heard of them. OMG! Did you read the comments? There was one saying something about morons but this one really struck me hard:

DEMRN comments:

"This was due to negligence on the part of the RN responsible for this man's care. It was the healthcare professional's responsibility to see that the bed was moved away from the wall and the IV unit prior to readjusting the head of the bed. The nurses in that unit are a joke! They have 1 or 2 patients a shift and spend most of their time talking, eating and watching movies all the while complaining that they don't make enough money. And yes I know what I'm talking about because I know an RN that works in that unit and she talks...A LOT!"

Going only off the info in the story, nothing says a nurse was involved in the adjusting of the head of the bed. For all anyone one knows, it could have been a tech, the family or even the patient. Comments like the above are why nursing can't move forward into being viewed as the proffesion it so badly wants to be. The answer is no more BSN (to make a proffesion), it's less people like DEMRN and their ignorant comments.

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smily nurse has 38 years experience and works as a school nurse.

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Joint Commision is going to come to the rescue with more forms!

yes indeed..... I actually have worried at times that something like this would happen.

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