Patient Safety: Make room for success in your plan of care
Jane Zema BS, RN

August 2011 
Volume 41  Number 8
Pages 69 - 69
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WORKING AS A direct care nurse for more than 20 years, I've come to realize that the most useful way to start my workday is to assess my patient, then assess my patient's room and make it work for me. This article will help you make sure you have the tools you need at your fingertips, so you can work efficiently to meet the patient's goals and ensure patient safety.After receiving handoff communication and completing a medical record review, head to your patient's room, perform hand hygiene, touch the patient's forearm or hold his or her hand, and introduce yourself as the nurse for the day. This lets you do several things at one time: When you touch the patient, you're establishing a rapport and making him or her feel safe. You can also note whether the patient's skin is warm and dry.At the same time, do the first of many checks of the patient's ID band to see if it's correct. Then perform the second ID check, asking the patient to state his or her name and date of birth while looking

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