A lot of people can’t fall asleep. Especially in hospitals where there are beeping alarms. The first thing they turn to is a sleeping pill. Especially Ambien.
Sometimes it’s wonderful. It helps you sleep throughout the night. It’s great for people who are good on their feet and not connected to anything.
The problem starts when you have to pee. And you are attached to IV fluids. Your first instinct is to roll out of bed and walk to the bathroom.
Except at the hospital, you won’t remember where the bathroom is and that you’re attached to IV fluids. You won’t remember where you are, why you’re there, what year it is. All you want to do is pee.
Next thing you know, you fell on the ground and ripped out the IV. Just great. But by the morning, you won’t remember any of it happening. Only remaining evidence.
Next time someone asks you for Ambien, think about the safety issues. Offer other sleeping solutions such as decreasing pain, closing the door, and providing eye shades and eye plugs.
As from a nursing research POV, maybe it’s a good idea to come up with a Ambien checklist to assess patient safety.