Posted by:3 March, 2014
One day a ward sister asked a student nurse to clean all the patients’ dentures. The student got a bowl, collected the dentures and cleaned them. The rest of the shift was spent trying to find which dentures belonged to which patients.
I love these old nursing tales but this one illustrates the problem associated with keeping patients and their dentures together. How many patients wrap their dentures in tissues which are then thrown away?
What do you think?
- How can we prevent the loss of dentures and hearing aids?
- Do you have any tips?
- Does loss of dentures and hearing aids impact on patient recovery? Is there any evidence?
From Behind the Rituals
Why do you do the things you do? How much of nursing practice is based on ritual and myth and how much on sound evidence? If you have a ritual you’d like to discuss here, email firstname.lastname@example.org