- Article: Logan K (2012) Toilet privacy in hospital. Nursing Times; 108: 5, 12-13.
- Author: Karen Logan is nurse consultant and head of continence service, Llanfrechfa Grange Hospital, Cwmbran, Torfaen.
- Dignity is about small things that are extremely important
- Concern is growing that inpatients’ expectations are not being met in terms of dignity, particularly for older people
- Without sensitive support, continence care can become undignified and impersonal
- Ensuring patients have privacy and dignity when using the toilet is crucial
- Privacy pegs and signs can help give patients more dignity
Think about patients on your ward who requires help with toileting.
- How could you measure whether their privacy and dignity is maintained during toileting?
- How often do you use a commode or bed pan rather than take a patient to the toilet?
- Are there environmental barriers that prevent you taking patients to the toilet?
- How could these be addressed?
- What other changes could you make to ensure privacy and dignity is maintained?