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Em K

Em K

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Em K has 6 years experience and specializes in Medsurg.

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    Pressure injury

    I work on a medsurg unit midnights 1900-0730. I’m currently suspended pending investigation and due to a pressure injury on a patient I was assigned to. The pt is immobile, has aphasia and is confused and he is Q2H turning and repositioning. I got report on the pt and we went in, double checked a heparin drip and assessed the patient for comfort and he was sleeping. Shortly after the daughter (who is also happens to be a RN) came in to see him and she asked me to boost the patient. We boosted him in bed and she asked him a couple of times if he was comfortable and he said yeah. 15 minutes after it was now around 2030 she comes out and tells me her father said there’s something hard under him and she believes it’s a bedpan, she then states she believes it’s a bedpan he’s been on since “1400 before she left”. Regardless of how she knew it was a bedpan and how she assumed it was the same bedpan since 1400 without asking any staff if they had recently put him on bedpan, we turned the pt over and there was a bedpan under, she took out the bedpan, the area under was very reddened due to the prolonged pressure and she said she was going to make some noise and was going to house manager right there and then which I totally understood and would have done the same. I had just come on my shift and hour and 30 minutes prior, it was even time for me to do my Q2 turns and we had boosted him once and assessed for comfort and I had no way of knowing he had a bedpan under him. They are currently investigating the situation and I alongside the day nurse and NAs who took care of the patient have been suspended pending investigation at this moment. Any thought on if I’m gonna be in trouble? I’ve been losing sleep thinking about it. Thanks