Totally agree with both posters above.
Comment on: Can nurses assess patients with suspected swallowing problems or do they need a speech expert?
Very true ... it's certainly how I was taught in practice.
I have just completed my infection control training (I work in a nursing home btw so many of our residents are with us for years & I know their history well) and the wearing of gloves for handing/coming into contact with any body fluids is advocated.
The reason coming into contact with ones own (and to some extent your family members) bodily fluids isn't hazardous is because of our resident micro-organisms - we have built up a resistance to their pathogenic properties in many situations (although good hand washing is of course still essential). In a nurse-resident/patient situation this isn't the case and the transient micro-organisms are still potentially harmful.
How would the author feel if one of his carers didn't wear gloves for another client and picked up a 'bug' through contact with their, lets say, faeces which they then passed on to him?
The use of personal protective equipment isn't a UICP (Universal Infection Control Procedure) for fun, it is their to protect both the public & health
We do two hourly rounding like this at the nursing home where I work. Can't see it working in the acute sector though.
Comment on: Are drug rounds necessary?
When I worked in a private patient unit we didn't have drug rounds - each nurse was responsible for giving the drugs to their own group of patients rather than one nurse doing a 'whole ward round'. It worked very well.