What do you do when a patient falls?
After the Fall Stay with the patient and call for help. Check the patient’s breathing, pulse, and blood pressure. If the patient is unconscious, not breathing, or does not have a pulse, call a hospital emergency code and start CPR. Check for injury, such as cuts, scrapes, bruises, and broken bones.
What makes a patient a fall risk?
Patients who take four or more medications are generally considered to be at increased risk. Certain medications, including diuretics, anti-hypertensives, tricyclic antidepressants, sedatives, and hypoglycemics are known to increase an individual’s risk for falling.
Why is it important to properly identify a patient?
In any unit, one of the most important safety checks is making sure the right patient receives the right treatment. The Joint Commission knows the importance of identifying each patient before tests are run, medications administered or procedures performed.
What is the proper way to identify a patient?
Patient identifier options include:
- Assigned identification number (e.g., medical record number)
- Date of birth.
- Phone number.
- Social security number.
Why is correct communication important in giving proper patient care?
Effective communication of healthcare information can empower patients and their family members to participate as full partners in their care, and is demonstrated to improve adherence to treatment and self-management. However, the importance of patient-provider communication extends far beyond the inpatient setting.
How can patient identification errors be reduced?
Utilizing the electronic medical record to flag patients who are ready to be scanned could decrease errors as well. Use of bar code scanners to decode the patient’s wristband and confirm their identity before performing a procedure, as is done in some hospitals, could additionally reduce errors.
How can the accuracy of patient identification be improved?
The main goal of improving the accuracy of patient identification is broken into two sub-goals: using at least two patient identifiers when providing care, treatment and services, and eliminating transfusion errors related to patient misidentification.