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Single hospital rooms fail to cut infection rate

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Its great to see this debate growing, however I would like to throw in a few thoughts in favour. 1. I would challenge nurses to look at their 4 bed bays now and see how many of the 4 patients they can really see from the door - probably only 2 as the others are sat back tucked behind the curtain (same for 6 bed bays) 2. Infection prevention is as much about clinical practice as it is about room design, practitioners and clinicians et al, still need to wash their hands and maintain good standards of practice. 3. Being in a single room does not mean that you need to be in that room for the duration of your stay with never leaving!! 4. as soon as a patient becomes unwell for varying reasons - infection, impending death, noisy they are moved into a single room which negates all the views put so far. 5. The piece de resistance when nurses say that people like socialising, and are lonely in a single room: So where do we send them in a hurry when its time for discharge or we need the bed - HOME ALONE!! My point is that you do not have to be in the same bedroom to socialise, creation of social spaces to watch the world go by without doors (never go back to the old day room) allows variable social interaction without being dictatorial as nurses. Throughout my nursing career I have worked in a multitude of settings including single rooms, multi-bed bays, I still made it my place to speak and see each patient I was working with, life was short of nursing staff throughout - no change there PS why are we still not working with families so much more in the adult in patient spheres of care??

Posted date

27 October, 2010

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1:42 pm

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