The following is a transcript of the “Admissions Procedures” as found in the Aide Nursing Procedures Handbook updated September, 1969.
To acquire needed information and record it correctly; to make the patient as comfortable as possible.
- If a patient comes to the unit desiring a voluntary admission, refer him to the receptionist.
- If a new patient comes to the unit after 4:30 p.m. and is too ill to wait for an interview appointment, send him to the Communications Center. The O.D. will interview and assign him to a unit.
- If a patient returns to the unit from trial visit after 4:30 p.m., call the nurse of O.D.
- Complete the face sheet. See p. 32. If on day shift, the receptionist does this. After 5:00 p.m., the aide should make a handwritten copy and leave it on the receptionist’s desk for typing the next day.
- Have the patient sign the ‘Release of Information’ form. (We must have this before sending information to the community health department, private physician, etc.).
- Have the patient sign the ‘Voluntary Commitment’ form, if applicable.
- Observe the patient for cleanliness. Assist with bath and shampoo if indicated.
- Complete and sign the ‘Scar Sheet’ in ink.
- Do admission charting on nursing notes. Note time the patient arrived on the ward and observations regarding his appearance, behavior and conversation.
- Fill out the orange ‘Admission’ slip and prepare clothing for marking.
- If the patient is admitted during waking hours, show him the ward area — restrooms, dining facilities, smoking areas, etc. Introduce him to several other patients, unless behavior contraindicates. Show him his sleeping area as soon as possible.
- Assemble a chart. See p. 19 for order. Write OSH number and patient’s name on each page.
- For all patients, except those returning from trial visit within sixty days: Notify assigned physician of admission, so physical examination can be completed.Notify head nurse so tuberculin skin test can be completed within the first 24 hours.
Complete the following forms with last name, first name and birthdates:
- Lab request – forms 212 and #214. Write in routine admission.
- Urinalysis – form #211.
- X-ray request form. Write in routine chest x-ray. Write in photo in upper right corner of slip, if required. Returned patients must have a chest X-Ray every year and pictures every five years.
- Take the patient to the Laboratory and X-Ray Department in the Medical-Surgical building at 1:00 P.M. the first weekday after admission. The urine specimen and slip can be taken to the Lab from 7:30 A.M. to 9:00 A.M. any weekday.
- Place Court commitment or Voluntary Commitment documents on the receptionist’s desk as soon as possible.
 The spread of tuberculosis within the confines of the hospital was and continues to be a major concern. TB is extremely infectious and easily spread. Chest X-rays and the above mentioned skin test were used to detect the disease early and prevent large scale outbreaks.