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Are wheelchairs overused in hospitals?

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Why are wheelchairs used to move patients who are capable of walking? Are wheelchairs used too much?

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  • Anonymous

    This is a tough one... we need to make sure everyone is safe, but it does sometimes seem superfluous.

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  • Anonymous

    question yet again of needing more staff available to take time to walk with and supervise patients who are unstable on their legs. mobilisation where possible is far more beneficial to patients than using wheelchairs but can be very time consuming for the staff.

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  • most definitly yes, not looking at ward use, but in a+e you have those that are in dire need of a weelchair on attendance but miraculously are able to walk out without any treatment

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  • Anonymous

    Many years ago I was transoported around the hospital from the maternity unit to x-ray in a wheel chair. I was in considerable pain related to pylonephritis. I was pulled backwards, holding my feet up as there were no foot rests with my notes stuck behind my back. Every bump and door stop was excruiatingly painful. Once my x ray was over I had to wait until a porter was available. Sitting in a waiting room surrounded by people I started to cry and a radiographer wheeled me back to the ward. I face forward, she stored the notes in a try at the back of the chair and went slowly to reduce the pain.
    Perhaps the issue is not the chairs but how they are used. Some jobs appear simple but it is the care and compassion with which they are carried out that make the difference.

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    ailsa campbell | 14-Jun-2011 9:43 pm

    an interesting psychology there!

    i wonder why this is?

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  • Anonymous

    No not enough
    What if all the people in hjospitals , staff , Dr's , nurses and all use them also ?
    It would be a good way to be all equal .
    This would be a equal oppurtinity situation Right ?

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  • Anonymous

    I learned this was standard procedure for some medical specialists , a nurse told me he did this to see what it was like to be in the patients situation .

    His hospital was all required to do this

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