Patient Right To Refuse Room Change ? - page 2

by ruger71

Do pt.'s in a in a hospital setting have the right to refuse a room change ? I work on a busy med/surg floor. We were getting two new admits. I was to transfer one of my patients to another room. She was upset and crying, she... Read More


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    Lol public hospitals in Ireland still have 6 bed wards. Some people who know the system get worried when they get a single room they think that they either have an infection or are dying!

    The public hospital I work at in Australia has triples.

    Just a quick hijack.........sorry!
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    .....OR they have the option of bringing the patient home and hiring private duty nurses....

    Room changes generally are not made because staff is bored and want to play musical beds. But I would defer this to the charge nurse to explain to the patient.

    (And kudos to the cleaning crew who then has to clean and re-clean....worth their weight in gold!)
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    Quote from K+MgSO4
    Lol public hospitals in Ireland still have 6 bed wards. Some people who know the system get worried when they get a single room they think that they either have an infection or are dying!

    The public hospital I work at in Australia has triples.

    Just a quick hijack.........sorry!
    I heard this same kind of thing from a colleague who moved to Israel. She went to do Pedi Heme/Onc over there and said people didn't want to be in private rooms because it reminded them of being in isolation during stem cell transplant.

    I've done some work in developing countries... In Nicaragua, the public hospital we toured had ten to a room easily and the "beds" were stretchers. In Tanzania, the private hospital I volunteered at had 4-6 to a room minimum. The public hospital had people sharing beds. I also had a colleague who'd done missionary work in Africa in a pediatric hospital and she said there it was 2 to a bed and the parents slept on the floor.
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    Technically they can't "refuse" if it is medically necessary to have the room. However......As a patient, if I was moved that much I'd be upset too......if the patient really had to be moved I'd let the supervisor know and let her calm the patient.

    As a supervisor....your supervisor should not have treated you theat way. That was unprofessional an uncalled for. If I knew a patient was that upset and it had to be done....I'd speak with the patient myself. If it was a private room issue I would do my best to find one on another floor.
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    I agree with Esme's post.

    The supervisor was unprofessional.

    However, you most likely should not have said the patient had a "right" not to be moved.

    Live and learn . . .hopefully with someone more willing to teach you kindly.
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    so many factors to consider - all previously stated. Bottom line, we do what we have to do to accommodate the most people and sometimes that is inconvienent. The hospital is not a hotel. If patient care is being affected, then the change is needed.
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    I would be upset as the patient but you have to do what is best overall.

    What irks me is when we had a new admit ask to change rooms for a better view. Seriously, if your main concern while hospitalized is your view, please go home. Sad part is that management accommodated and we had to take them on a tour of our empty rooms until they found one they liked. Ugh... Customer service drives me nuts.

    ~ No One Can Make You Feel Inferior Without Your Consent -Eleanor Roosevelt ~
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    complaints of the view . as they can not see the lake from this room. how do you even respond to an adult angry about this. haha
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    Quote from anotherone
    complaints of the view . as they can not see the lake from this room. how do you even respond to an adult angry about this. haha
    Like this - - - > =O

    ~ No One Can Make You Feel Inferior Without Your Consent -Eleanor Roosevelt ~
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    .....AND private duty nurses can come to be with the patient at the luxury hotel and spa on the lake. Be sure to ask for the room with the view.....

    Or we can roll a bed into your current room, put the dying patient and family next to you, or ya'll can wear a mask 24/7 for the patient who has the flu who needs this room.

    Either one will be schooled on not disturbing you when you are watching the Price is Right......

    Honestly, changing rooms is not ideal, but sometimes, it needs to happen. And more frequently than one would like. If you are well enough to be that incovenienced by the whole thing, then perhaps you are well enough to start putting your discharge plan into action.
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