Comment on: Weekend A&E admissions '10% more likely to die'
I agree Sarah, when I worked in hospitals I could never understand why there was not access to all departments at weekends. Emergency only radiography, ultrasound, MRI etc etc. If nurses and junior doctors have to provide a 24/7 service then surely every other department should be doing the same, from phlebotomy and physiotherapy.
Comment on: Who should be feeding patients?
Speaking as a nurse and a former patient I would like to throw something else into the mix. When I was forced to stay in hospital for a week I often had to have my family bring in food for me as that provided by the hospital kitchens was disgusting and totally inedible. I was unable to leave my bed (broken leg), to assist the 5 elderly ladies in my bed, but I have no doubt that the staff got fed up of my buzzing on their behalf whenever I saw them struggling with food or water which was usually left out of reach.
duh, I cannot believe that this is news. Back in the good old, bad old day, we always nursed people with diarrhoea and vomiting in single rooms with specific named ppl only allowed into those areas. Did I fall asleep and wake up in the past??
Oh, and I would have loved to have sat down and had a long chat with a patient over a cup of tea, just never seemed to have the time when being in charge of 14 others, often with only one HCA to assist.
"we just understand the rationale behind the care that we provide" "It is no longer a simple bed bath, it is an opportunity to check skin integrity, monitor pressure areas, provide 4 hourly turns and an opportunity to get to know your patients. It's no longer a cup of tea, it's the beginning of an emotional and complex conversation about the condition your patient has just been diagnosed with and a discussion of their treatment options. It's no longer a trip to the bathroom, it's an assessment of continence, a fluid balance measurement, a urine sample to check for infection and a stool sample... The list goes on, and on, and on... " No wanting to add fuel to the fire I must say I am highly insulted by these 2 quotes. Exactly what do you think training of old consisted of. Of course we were taught to check skin condition during a bed bath, etc etc etc. As a nurse for over 20 years I am dumbfounded that you really believe we were taught things without being taught the reasons why!!