Friday, February 11, 2005

Nursing Intervention: Bedside Commode

As nursing students, we're taught that our profession is comprised of treating human responses to medical conditions. and our "nursing interventions" are targeted towards increasing our patient's autonomy, comfort and security. I took this very seriously today and moved heaven and earth to have what must have been the only remaining "bedside commode" left in the hospital delivered to one of my patient's (see 02/10/05) room.

A bedside commode is a sort of toilet seat on wheels that can be positioned next to a patient's bed so that patients whose activity level is limited to OOBTC (out of bed to chair) can use a toilet-type-thing instead of a bedpan (again, see 02/10/05). Using a bedside commode is much more comfortable as it is far easier to poop sitting down, it definitely promotes autonomy and anyone feels more secure wiping themselves than letting a maniacally smiling nursing student do it (please, see 02/10/05).

Unfortunately, I am not the only caregiver in the hospital interested in promoting my patient's interests so all of the commodes seemed to have been taken. It took about half a dozen phone calls for me to track one down. I had the receptionist page me the moment the commode appeared so I could grab it before anyone pilfered it. The students in my clinic group all lived vicariously through my bedpan experience yesterday and whooped and hollered when they saw me wheeling the commode down the hall, triumphantly.

Again, see 02/10/05.


Blogger Ilan Muskat said...

In cyberspace they have such mobile toilets as well:

Like this car!As seen from another angle,And yet another.

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Blogger Third Degree Nurse said...

Good for you!

Volunteering in the hospital I've already learned lesson number 1: come back to your unit with the same equipment you took (IV pole, cart, wheelchair, etc.) or something in better condition.

Quite unlike the last place I worked where my boss pretty much bought me any equipment I wanted with end-of-the-year money. However, not unlike public sector state employees who have to scrabble for scraps.

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