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Joint Commission and Ligature Points

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Davey Do has 35 years experience and works as a Behavioral Health RN.

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1 hour ago, CalicoKitty said:

Probably going to need to remove  paper, to prevent suicide by paper cut.

Plus, there will be no computer charting outside of the nurses station because COWs (computers on wheels) have ligature points!

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11 minutes ago, Davey Do said:

Plus, there will be no computer charting outside of the nurses station because COWs (computers on wheels) have ligature points!

Some years ago, at our local children's hospital, the acronym COW was disallowed by administration and replaced with WOW. It seems COW, at some point, by someone, had been attached to a reference to obese staff, and thus, the insensitivity was corrected with WOW (workstation on wheels); but still just as deadly regarding ligature points.

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12 minutes ago, Davey Do said:

Plus, there will be no computer charting outside of the nurses station because COWs (computers on wheels) have ligature points!

So no COW/WOW + no paper = no charting ??

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1 minute ago, OldDude said:

Some years ago, at our local children's hospital, the acronym COW was disallowed by administration and replaced with WOW. It seems COW, at some point, by someone, had been attached to a reference to obese staff, and thus, the insensitivity was corrected with WOW (workstation on wheels); but still just as deadly regarding ligature points.

Ours changed too, the PC police at work!

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13 hours ago, TriciaJ said:

Collapsible chairs, maybe?  What are they doing about the shower heads?  They're going to have to appoint another staff member as shower monitor.  Until that poor person gets accused of something.  Then they'll have to put in carwash-type showers.  Until someone gets caught in the buffer.  I could have fun with this all day.

I pictured this and fell out laughing 😂😂

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49 minutes ago, Davey Do said:

Plus, there will be no computer charting outside of the nurses station because COWs (computers on wheels) have ligature points!

You should sell this news story to Fox News. I'm sure they'll have a field day with this.

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2 hours ago, KonichiwaRN said:

You should sell this news story to Fox News. I'm sure they'll have a field day with this.

That's a good idea.  One of the commentators should have a segment called "Medical Stupidity (or Your premiums at work)".

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CalicoKitty has 6 years experience as a BSN, RN and works as a Med-Surg Nurse.

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3 hours ago, OldDude said:

Some years ago, at our local children's hospital, the acronym COW was disallowed by administration and replaced with WOW. It seems COW, at some point, by someone, had been attached to a reference to obese staff, and thus, the insensitivity was corrected with WOW (workstation on wheels); but still just as deadly regarding ligature points.

I have to try to remember to say shortness of breath, rather than it's acronym while giving bedside report.. Does Psych have to give bedside report? I can imagine how well that would go! 

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18 minutes ago, TriciaJ said:

That's a good idea.  One of the commentators should have a segment called "Medical Stupidity (or Your premiums at work)".

Considering it's Fox News, they'd overkill it since it involves the two no nos.

no no #1) unnecessary government spending = (we're paying for it by unnecessary taxes)

no no #2) lack of common sense

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4 hours ago, CalicoKitty said:

Probably going to need to remove  paper, to prevent suicide by paper cut.

This actually reminds me of a patient years ago who voiced a plan to commit suicide by giving himself cigarette burns.  We thought that might take a few packs, or maybe even a whole carton.

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morelostthanfound has 27 years experience as a BSN and works as a R.N..

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Joint Commission-a complete failure of an organization that is charged with safeguarding patient safety.  Of all the pressing problems in healthcare today-i.e. dangerous N/P ratios, nursing units lacking any experienced nursing personnel.... their (Joint Commission's) near obsession with refrigerator temperature logs and now, 'ligature points' is just beyond belief.  Rolling my eyes

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Davey Do has 35 years experience and works as a Behavioral Health RN.

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6 hours ago, OldDude said:

Some years ago, at our local children's hospital, the acronym COW was disallowed by administration and replaced with WOW. It seems COW, at some point, by someone, had been attached to a reference to obese staff, and thus, the insensitivity was corrected with WOW (workstation on wheels)

Yeah, OldDuderino, staff at WRMC call them WOWs, but I favor COW.

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