All posts from: November 2013
Data obtained by the RCN via a freedom of information request found five hospitals from 18 trusts in the east of England had wards with only one registered nurse on duty. This was compared with their establishment of two registered nurses and one healthcare assistant.
I was talking to a nurse last week about workload on wards. She suggested that initiatives such as restrictive visiting and protected mealtimes prevent families from participating in the delivery of care and pointed to other countries where families are expected to provide care and food in hospital.
Silicon Valley investor Vinod Khosla suggested that machines could replace 80% of doctors. He describes an average consultation with a GP as “a routine diagnosis with a standard treatment … something a computer algorithm could do if the treatment involved no harm, or at least do as well as the median doctor”.
A research review published this week looking at patients’ experience of living with a catheter has described the effect these devices have on patients’ quality of live and intimate relationships and highlights the need to involve patients in decisions about their care.What do you consider when you select a urinary catheter?Do ...