We have a problem at my workplace. The bedrails are considered a form of restraint and must be approved by the VMO (resident’s GP) before a nurse can apply them.
This is regardless of whether or not the resident is prone to falls; cannot weight bear; is an amputee, etc.
We are told, it is ‘illegal ‘ to place the bedrails up, without a doctor’s order and the NOK written permission.
For those of you who work in Aged Care, what happens at your facility? Do you think the need for all the documentation is reasonable? I’d like to hear what happens elsewhere.
We have had so many falls, some very serious, all down to no bedrails up, because the NOK didn’t want to sign the ‘restraint’ form.
Elderly people, living in Aged Care facilities, often have the overwhelming urge to get out of bed at various times at night, in order to get to the toilet. Unfortunately, I know of cases where that simple urge to go to the toilet in the middle of the night has cost them their life!
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