feelings about double rooms - page 2

I was curious to see how everyone feels about double occupancy in hospital rooms. I believe that single room are the best for many reasons. 1. The patient is not bothered by other patients... Read More

  1. by   PeninsulaRN
    I agree private rooms are preferable for privacy and infection control issues. Unfortunately, I've never worked at a hospital with all private rooms.

    The unit I'm on now is made up of "pods", each pod contains 2 semi-private rooms and 2 private rooms. We also have both negative and positive pressure rooms for AFB and neutropenic isolation, respectively. (I should mention here that the unit is divided into two halves and AFB and neutropenic patients would never be in the same section, for obvious reasons)
  2. by   traumaRUs
    We have one hospital in our area that has all private beds and it has a good reputation. Personally, I would demand a private room for myself or family also. I'm a very private person and would absolutely freak out if someone knew I was ill enough to be hospitalized.
  3. by   PeninsulaRN
    Meh, I would demand a private room also. There is such a profound lack of privacy in semi-privates, and you're already a bit off-kilter when you're ill enough to require hospitalization.

    Besides, the last thing I would want is to listen to Jerry Springer at all hours of the day or to hear my roommate's whole freaking extended family visiting.
  4. by   fergus51
    Unfortunately, you can demand all you want, but if there isn't a private room left you won't get one. I hate semi-private rooms...
  5. by   TechieNurse
    Hi Everyone
    Just to weigh in on this issue, my dad was hospitalized for a CABG and his roommate had undiagnosed TB (which is on the rise BTW).
    He never contracted it, thankfully, but he had to have the full course of medication and now he always test positive. Great...
    Now, if everyone had a private room, or at least were admitted to a private room until screening tests and lab work come back negative, maybe this could have been avoided...

    Just my 2 cents
  6. by   PeninsulaRN
    Quote from fergus51
    Unfortunately, you can demand all you want, but if there isn't a private room left you won't get one. I hate semi-private rooms...
    Very true, Fergus. At my facility the most they can do is put you on "the list" if the census is high and no privates are available. Generally they do what they can to ensure that employees get private rooms but that's not always possible, either.

    Which begs the question: if you had to be hospitalized, would you prefer to be at your own facility, or another?
  7. by   rollingstone
    I don't have any feelings one way or the other, but methinks I prefer the private rooms.
  8. by   susanmary
    "BUT DR. ____ PROMISED THAT I WOULD HAVE A PRIVATE ROOM. CALL HIM." If I had a nickel for every time I had a patient state that the doc promised a private room, I'd be vacationing on my personal island in the tropics right now.
  9. by   PeninsulaRN
    Quote from susanmary
    "BUT DR. ____ PROMISED THAT I WOULD HAVE A PRIVATE ROOM. CALL HIM." If I had a nickel for every time I had a patient state that the doc promised a private room, I'd be vacationing on my personal island in the tropics right now.


    So true. "I"m sorry, ma'am, but this is the only room available right now. If Dr. Blank wants to come and construct a private room for you, that is between the two of you."
  10. by   caroladybelle
    What kills me is you put them in a semiprivate for 3-4 days without a roommate and then as soon as a roommate comes in, the first patient demands a private room immediately.

    It's not like they didn't know that all that extra furniture wasn't there for a reason.
  11. by   PeninsulaRN
    Quote from caroladybelle
    What kills me is you put them in a semiprivate for 3-4 days without a roommate and then as soon as a roommate comes in, the first patient demands a private room immediately.

    It's not like they didn't know that all that extra furniture wasn't there for a reason.


    So true! LOL!
  12. by   Tweety
    The first hospital I worked in had all private rooms which I enjoyed.

    We don't have private rooms here, and most insurance companies here won't pay for them. We try to give employees a courtesy private when we can. We always give CABG's private rooms. Our neuro surgeons copped a deal with administration to get their patients private rooms, saying they would bring more patients and $$$ if their patient alls got private rooms and a better nurse patient ratio (kudos for that one). It's a big pain sometimes to make them private rooms when the ER has been holding patients for 24 hours or more.
  13. by   SharkLPN
    You can bet I'd camp out in the ER and be someones overflow pt to ensure a private room if I had to be hospitalized, And yes, I'd go to my own facility, but not my own unit! (I have no history to hide from my immediate co-workers, but it would be awkward for us all if a bedpan was needed, you know?)

    I'll backpedal from my earlier post - we've had elderly couples in semi-private rooms together, and they've done very well, and the occasional roomies who get along and make friends with each other during their stays. But that's an exception to the norm. Most will piss and moan about the others TV volume, visitors, snoring, odors, etc. I'd point out that they should be estatic that this country's healthcare is top of the line and rejoice in that, but it would fall on deaf ears. I don't like Leno and want sleep; tell that person to turn off the TV.

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