I have a question here for everyone. Our hospital is getting ready to break ground for a new facility to be completed in 2004.
The architects have asked the nursing staff what kind of stuff we need, want, etc. (Not that our opinions will carry any weight, but hey that is a whole different thread). Anyway one of the questions we were asked was do we think we need a shower in every patient room? All the rooms will be private in the new facility. We have a couple patient rooms now that have showers in them, and a common showering area. We are a general med/surg/peds/tele/ catch all unit. The nursing staff is divided on the shower issue. Half of them say we don't need a shower in each room, and the other half of us think we do. The architects said it is either a all or none deal. That we can't have showers in some of the rooms, and not others. Either we go with a shower in every room or a common shower area. The private rooms now that have showers are very convenient for the parents of hospitalized kids and for our more ambulatory, younger patients.
I was wondering for those of you whose patients have a shower in their room, do they get used? (Of course considering that patient is stable enough and there is a doctor's order). Are the showers in the rooms used frequently enough to justify them being in there...or do you think it would have sufficed having a common shower area?
I am with the group who wanted showers in every room...I feel like if the showers were more convenient for the patient, more of them would ask their docs if it was okay to take a shower. Plus, it is a lot more convenient for the parents if the shower is right there in the kid's room.
Any thoughts on this subject would be appreciated...Thanks..
Jan 17, '03
Am in a nursing home (LTC) we are still a bit of an exception although now with government regulations of our industry we will become more common
All our rooms (single) in the nursing home have an ensuite (shower attached) All residents have this regardless of their income or not
We have found over the past 8 or so rooms not only does it enhance their dignity, privacy, choice, individuality it has noticeable reduced cross infection issues - we provide handwashing facilities for staff in each room - we have other practices in place which enhance this as well. All the residents and families love this - it means too that families can stay with the person who may be unwell (this may be acute or palliative) without intruding on another persons sleep/ recovery etc.
I was in hospital last year (4 bedded ward) whilst care was fantastic - did not need to see/hear domestic happening across the room - l did not need to see people vomiting, l did not see other naked bodies (mine is bad enough)
Conversely - it was good when l was vomiting my heart out - another patient was able to ring for me for assistance - as l did as well a few days later
There is always two sides of a coin - however l guess the questions needs to be asked of the designers do they want to smell everyone else's bowels following an evacuation if they are in the bed next to them - or do they want the person next to them know that they have terminal cancer.
Last edit by Tookie on Jan 17, '03