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Standard Work for Bedside Chair Alarm Panduit Installation, cord containment as part of the Fall Prevention Program. (contact Michelle Longley)

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    October 19, 2016
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    NOTE: The PDF version above contains helpful images for the steps below.


    Standard Work   for Bedside Chair Alarm Panduit Installation

    Last updated:  10/19/16

    Owner:  UVA MC Fall Champions   (contacts: Laura Hawk, Shelley Knewstep-Watkins, Michelle Longley Tanner)

    Performed By:  UVA MC Acute   Care Unit Fall Champions (or designee)

    Version:  1.0

    Revised by: Laura Hawk

    Trigger: Bedside chair alarm installed, cords remain loose and   unsecured

    Scope:  Installation of cord containment   Panduit for bedside Chair Alarms in acute care units.



    Work Performed by:

    Major Step




    Unit Fall Champion (or designee)

    Once Panduits are delivered to unit, Falls Champion gathers materials   and begins installations (including seeking additional assistance if   necessary). Ideal conditions for installation include an empty/vacant room, where   all components of bedside Chair Alarm are present (bracket, alarm, tan   auxiliary cord, and black power cord).


    •   Materials Required: Panduits, pencil,   measuring tape (available in most acute care clean supply rooms).
    •   Optimal for room to be vacant (or patient not   in room) to prevent disruption and allow access to the appropriate wall space   behind the patient bed.
    •   Best if all components of bedside Chair Alarm   are already at bedside to promote completion (bracket, alarm, tan auxiliary   cord, and black power cord), however the Panduit can still be correctly   installed without these items present at the time.

    In an attempt to avoid patient disruption, it is best to prepare to   install Panduits in vacant rooms, or when a patient is out of the room. The   Fall Champion needs access to the entire wall behind the head of the bed and   the bed must be moved to facilitate placement. Once the Fall Champion has   gathered the supplies, installation should only take 1-2 minutes per room.   Ideally, this also provides an opportunity to confirm that the entire Chair   Alarm system is present and working at the time of installation, however, the   absence of a component should not delay installation of the Panduit.


    Unit Fall Champion (or designee)

    Move the bed about three feet from the wall (or remove entirely from   room). Remove the Chair Alarm auxiliary and power cords from the wall, but   leave them connected to the Chair Alarm.


    •   Once a room has been chosen, take your   materials into the room (1 Panduit, pencil, measuring tape).
    •   Prepare the space by moving/removing the bed,   clearing access to the wall, and organizing the Chair Alarm cords.

    These initial steps allow future steps in the installation process to   move smoothly, properly, and expediently.


    Unit Fall Champion (or designee)

    Using the measuring tape and pencil, make a small mark on the wall 36   inches from the ground- about 3 inches in from the central head wall (see 1st   picture on Left). Move to the side about 48 inches and make another small   pencil mark on the wall 36 inches from the ground (see 2nd picture   on Right).

    •   These marks will be the landmarks for the   lower corners of the Panduit.
    •   These marks help assure the Panduit is   installed at straight across at the correct height and is properly positioned   once adhered to the wall.

    This height was selected for the following reasons:

    1. When   the bed is in place, the Panduit is neatly hidden by the bed creating a clean   aesthetic.
    2. This   height allows the Panduit to stay clear of the bed and its bumpers when it is   raised all the way up or lowered completely to the ground.
    3. This   height is convenient to Environmental Services for cleaning purposes.


    Unit Fall Champion (or designee)

    Remove blue tape protecting the adhesive strip on the back of the   Panduit.


    •   Blue tape should easily peel off, exposing the   adhesive strip that will stick to the wall.
    •   Discard blue tape after removal.

    Exposing the adhesive strip should be done as close to installation   as possible to maximize opportunity for successful installation.


    Unit Fall Champion (or designee)

    Line up the lower  (bottom)   corners of the Panduit with the pencil marks. Press Panduit firmly against   the wall.

    •   Ensure Panduit is positioned so the opening is   facing upwards (towards ceiling) and adhesive strip is against the wall.
    •   Once the Panduit is positioned in line with   the pencil marks, pressing firmly will adhere the Panduit to the wall.
    •   Press firmly down the entire length of the   Panduit to achieve the best results.

    The adhesive strips require correct positioning on the first attempt   to ensure proper installation. It is important that the Panduit is at the   correct height, lined up neatly, and opens facing upward before pressing   against the wall.  



    Unit Fall Champion (or designee)

    Once the Panduit is affixed to the wall, open the Panduit and insert   the cords (auxiliary and power cords).    Make sure the auxiliary and power plugs are available at the wall-end   of the Panduit with enough cord to reach the outlets. Seal the extra cord inside   by tightly and completely shutting the Panduit.



    •   Starting at the Chair Alarm, run the auxiliary   and power cords along the bottom of the open Panduit.
    •   The cords will have to be doubled over to fit   in the Panduit (they are longer than the Panduit) but they should fit neatly.  
    •   Be sure to leave enough cord length outside   the Panduit to plug in to the auxiliary and power outlets.
    •   Once the cord is secure, press firmly on the   Panduit cover to click it into place.
    •   Press along the length of the Panduit to   ensure it is sealed all the way across.
    •   Note any missing cords (Chair Alarm power or auxiliary   cords) and plan to obtain replacements as soon as possible. 

    The cord containment Panduit will click open and the Chair Alarm auxiliary   and power cords should be inserted. Both cords are longer than the Panduit   and will need to be doubled over to contain their length. It is helpful to   extend the plugs of the cords to their outlets to ensure they will reach once   the rest of the cord is secured in the Panduit. The Panduit must be fully   clicked into a closed and secure position to maintain the cords properly.   This should be apparent through a visual inspection after snapping the   Panduit into place, along the entire length. The Panduit can be open and   closed as many times as necessary to arrange the cords. If any cords are   missing, make a plan at this time to acquire the correct cords and secure   them in the Panduit as soon as possible.



    Unit Fall Champion

    Educate staff and EVS on the new placement and use of the Panduits.   Highlight the cord containment aspect, the permanency of the Panduits and   cords, and how to maintain them.

    •   During Panduit installation, educate Staff and   EVS about the use of the Panduit as a permanent fixture in the room.
    •   Panduit and cords are to remain in place at   all times
    •   Panduit can be cleaned just as any other   surface in a patient room.

    Staff and EVS should be aware of the new placement of the cord   containment Panduits at patient bedsides, as well as the goals of Panduit   placement (aesthetics, maintenance of Chair Alarm cords, ease of cleaning).   Between patients, Panduits can be cleaned similarly to any other surface/wall   fixture in the room. Care should be taken not to get too much saturated water   near the adhesive strip to prevent the Panduit from coming loose.


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