Hospital Visiting this week, so far:
I found a wrapped up bread roll in a pocket. It was disposed of.
The cannula for the intravenous feed, which was bandaged in place, came out of the vein. What a bloody mess for everyone to clear up.
The patient was very physically distressed one evening visit. A late shift experienced nurse who I alerted, checked the records to find a cause, if she could. There had been no toileting check since lunchtime. It was then nearly 8pm.
A plastic bag with a nebuliser mouth piece in it, was in the blanket folds of the bed. The staff then told us the patient needed nebulising earlier in the day.
A cannula with needle intact, was discovered wrapped up in paper in the patient’s cardigan pocket. It had come out of the vein in the hand. It is not clear what happened, but it is clear the device was secreted by the patient.
We discover that there have been two nights of great anxiety distress, last night being one of them. It has disturbed other patients to such a degree, that one night, this patient was moved to a side room to give the others a chance of some sleep. We were aware there was a disturbed night earlier in the week, but the information came from another patient. There seems to have been no knowledge of last night’s disturbances passed on by the night staff to the day team. However, yesterday, the patient was in bed most of the day.