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6497-Malone University nursing students learn from the “hospital room full of hazards!”

6497-December 21, 2012

Malone University students in the School of Nursing and Health Sciences recently got to experience what NOT to do as they entered a simulated hospital room of hazards. Each sophomore student was given only three minutes to identify as many safety hazards as they could, and record them. The activity was a suggestion of the Q-Sen group which focuses on safety concerns in health care.

The attached photo shows the room with the following hazards:

  • Bed in high position
  • Side rails down
  • Call bell out of reach
  • Linen on floor
  • Linen pulled off corners of bed
  • Flowers on bedside stand overturned with water dripping on floor
  • Bedpan/urinal on overbed table
  • Dentures wrapped in tissue under pillow
  • Dirty tissue on floor
  • Foley catheter pulled out
  • Overbed table out of reach with glasses on it
  • Gown unsnapped
  • Incontinent of urine and stool – blue pads wet and soiled
  • Dressing saturated and tape loose
  • Abdominal binder up under breast (not covering dressing)
  • Ted stockings bunched up at ankle
  • Child size blood pressure cuff upside down
  • Two different armbands
  • Chart of someone else left on chair
  • Patient's chart lying open with name and info exposed
  • Food tray from breakfast left on chair
  • Water out of patient's reach
  • Bed brakes unlocked
  • Client slide down in bed with HOB elevate

Malone University, a Christian university for the arts, sciences, and professions in the liberal arts tradition, affiliated with the Evangelical Friends Church, awards both undergraduate and graduate degrees in more than 100 academic programs. Malone has been recognized by the prestigious Templeton Foundation as a leader in character development, as one of Northeast Ohio’s Top Workplaces by the Cleveland Plain Dealer, and is ranked among the top colleges and universities in the Midwest under the category Regional Universities according to U.S. News & World Report's America's Best Colleges 2015 


Suzanne Thomas, APR
Director of University Relations
Malone University
2600 Cleveland Avenue N.W., Canton, OH, 44709
Phone: 330-471-8239
Cell: 330-324-2424

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