When it comes to caring for disabled nursing home patients, a momentary diversion by staff member can has disastrous consequences for the patient. Many disabled patients are considered to by ‘full assist’ patients meaning that staff are to continuously look after them while they are under their care. Where ever the patient goes, the staff member should shadow.
Following orders in the plan of care
Despite patient charts full of notes and physicians orders to provide full assistance to patients, I regularly see instances when staff become drowsy, distracted or downright disregard the instructions relating to the type of care they are to provide. These missteps, even momentarily, frequently result in a serious injury to a patient when they fall or is dropped by staff.