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Single hospital rooms fail to cut infection rate


After reading 'Latterlife Midwife's' comments it obviously depends upon the age group and type of patient in which we nurse, whether a single room is a good option or not???? The ward in which I work is within a brand new build. It comprises of 6 bays with 4 beds in each bay, and it has 8 single rooms, all with ensuite shower-rooms. Majority of the patients are elderly averaging 70yrs and up. Often with Demensia, or confused due to UTI's and many addmitted from falls causing Fractured Neck of Femur's Puttuing these patient's in 'Single rooms' in my opinion is rediculous. We know from their addmission that they are 'high risk fallers' and yet we put in rooms where we can not see them to monitor them. The wards are run on 'MINIMUM STAFFING LEVELS' Which, is totally 'UNSAFE' This particular ward is a 'U' shape and even the patient's within the bays cannot be seen by the nursing staff. As Jane rightly states 'Why is privacy considered more important than safety? Care is not improved with single rooms. I have seen an increase in depression and isolation with long stay patients'.

Posted date

20 October, 2010

Posted time

11:37 pm