Why “BEDSIDE REPORT” is so important?
There was a time when the new Nurse walked in about to introduce herself & the confused patient has got out the bed (Forgetting/not knowing he has a Foley catheter) with his Foley catheter still attached to the bed and pulled it out. Had bedside report been done his bed alarm would have been checked & reset so the staff members taking care of him would know that he is up again.
There was a time when the wrong IV bag was hanging, which the patient was allergic to. Had bedside report been done the patient IV bag would have been rechecked just to make sure it was running right and noticed that it was the WRONG fluids.
There was a time where the new Nurse walked in and found that her patient has pulled out her dialysis catheter after taking off her mitt restraints. Had bedside report been done, her mitt could have been putt back on and prevented her from even pulling on her dialysis catheter.
This is why bedside report is so very important because it can prevent more problems for the patient and less complications for the new Nurse. All three examples of non-bed side report could have been stopped or even prevented all the way just by going in & just briefly checking & going over the patient’s information!