Belt Loop Cinch

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Problem

Patients with behavioral health problems may not have properly fitting clothing particularly pants.  When they are admitted into a behavioral health facility their belt may be taken away if they are at risk of suicide or injuring other patients and staff.  This creates a situation where the pants are not secured to their waist.

MInnovation

Alert wrist bands can be used to pull two belt loops together thereby reducing the waistband, tightening the pants.

Materials

Any patient wrist band.

Meet the MInnovator
Rebecca Landreth, MS, BSN, RN
MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center

How long have you been a nurse and how long at MedStar?
Rebecca: 21 1/2 years as a nurse and 24 years at MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center. I was a prn medical tech while in Nursing school.

Why did you choose Nursing instead of other clinical positions?
Rebecca: My father was a medivac pilot and as a little girl listening to his stories I wanted to help people get better. I felt being a nurse provided direct contact to the person in need of help and care. (Interestingly enough, after my father retired as a pilot, he went back to school and became a nurse himself...after I did).

What would you do if you weren’t doing this?
Rebecca: Before the decision of becoming a nurse, I thought about being a flight attendant.

What recent experience made you laugh or smile at work?
Rebecca: The departmental holiday celebration. It was so nice to have fellowship with the entire department, let our hair down and enjoy each other's company. And as a leader, it was nice to see the smiles on everyone else's faces.

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