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Lifting a patient with left side neglect

by Regina
(Melbourne, Florida)

Question: My mother and 86 year old retired nurse midwife had a right hemisphere stroke and is now in rehab. I have seen numerous nurses and CNA care for her and lift her incorrectly.

Not only was her left side affected, when she fell she fractured her first and second rib and sternum on her right side.

I met with Risk Management at the facility asking if they can do anything about the poor communication with the staff and change of shift information that is supposedly carried on from one shift to another.

They moved my mother closer to the nurses station in a room with a window view and no room mate. They continue to move her incorrectly. I don't want to create animosity between staff that care for her nor do I want my mother to bear the brunt of my concerns while I am not there to watch.

I asked an RN coming on the next shift if she knew what happened to my mother because I noticed her moving her incorrectly and my mother experiencing pain in the right side that had the fractures where the RN was pressing on her while lifting her.

RN reply: I don't know

Of course I was in horror and the RN was embarrassed per Risk Management.

The CNA's the same. One goes on break another covers the shift and knows nothing of my mothers condition or the terminology.

Answer: In facilities where I work, we have a white board where precautions and information about how to transfer is posted. I would suggest you get your own white board or just a piece of paper with instructions in large letters, and place it on the wall above her bed so that all staff can see it when they come in to move your mom. If they have a problem with HIPAA or privacy, have your mom sign something saying she wants the information posted for her care.

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