Thank you everyone for your comments and suggestions, that really helps a lot!! I have a meeting with our equipment reps and I am so lucky to work at a hospital that has leadership that is supportive and listens to their Nurses.
COVID has led us into a state of harried impulsivity and I think a lot of our med/surg units that have been forced to change into COVID units are experiencing frustration, burnout, and an overall, loss of control. We are all being forced to work outside of our comfort zone and are not always able to stay focused, grounded, and mindful of what we are doing. I am so thankful that I work in an area where I still have someone to handoff my patients to at the end of a 12hr shift and have been fully vaccinated.
I'm sure we will address our problems shortly, I just hope we don't have another event in the meantime.
Thank you for your suggestions,
I will definitely include them in our Practice Alert.