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

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Flare is a ASN, BSN and works as a School nurse firefighter.

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

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The article says that the pole hit him in the head... sounds like the pole itself was not secured well to the wall?

Any way you look at it, a terrible situation for all that are involved

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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:

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"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!"

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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.

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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.

I think what makes the comment worse is a fellow RN said it (or so she claims she's a RN). Why would you slander other nurses in relation to this story? Was a nurse even mentioned in the main article, I have to go back and read it again.

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That could've so easily happened to me..I was really wrestling with a pump that was on the pole of the bed the patient had. When I transported him to the OR, I was trying to transfer it to our IV pole and I dropped it and caught it just in time, and then the pt. IV almost came out..that was during orientation with a nurse watching me struggle with everything and not lending a hand at all. yeah..go ahead let the pump fall on the patient, orientee needs to see what its like when she's alone..BS!

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I had a PCA pump fall and hit my head, then it hit the floor and the batteries fell out and hit my foot then the pole turned over and hit my surgical shoulder. Everyone fro the Nun who was the chief administrator to the nursing director to my doctor to the legal counsel came. (It was about 1 am). I wasn't hurt, but wasn't that the really RIGHT way to handle such as that? Oh they brought in an engineer to make sure the new pump was fixed correctly. When I was discharged I got an apology from the Sisters who OWNED the facility. Believe me I was AWED!

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HappyNurse2005 works as a Registed Nurse.

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I personally have never seen (or heard of) a wall mounted IV pole either, and could see how that could pose some transporation issues.

WHen i was in labor with one of my many children, my IV pump fell off the pole. It didn't hit me, though, but it did fall right on the tubing and break it, so there was LR infusing onto the floor.

Unless she was truly being careless in this story, it sounds like a very unfortuanate ACCIDENT

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

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I have seen a lot of near misses in my almost 30 yrs of nursing with IV poles. We still have many that mount into the frame on the top near the headboard. If you are not very careful when elevating the bed..it can easily hit the light and crash onto the patient. The other day I was elevating a bed to provide some IV care..I always make a quick sweep of the area to make sure it is all clear...so I am elevating a bed that has a trapeze frame and notice the frame is catching onto the IV pole that is on the slider..had I continued it would have been unhooked and fell off..perhaps onto my patient. Yes I saw it b/c I know when you have moving parts in tight areas you have to make certain all is clear ans keep watching. Yes this was the fault of the person elevating the bed and not making sure all was clear.

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TravelinCEN works as a Travel Nurse.

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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 wish the family and the staff involved all the love and grace in the world as they grieve.

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