Mixed sex hospital wards

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    I'm so surprised. In England they have mixed sex hospital rooms.

    I was shocked to hear about an 82 year old lady being sexually assaulted by a sex offender who was in the next bed to her, with just a curtain between them. The hospital say they are not entitled to know if someone is a sex offender due to patient confidentiality.
    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/ukne...tal-wards.html

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/arti...ixed-ward.html

    Reader comments:

    Just imagine...in hospital, unwell, you have no idea if the man next to you is going to shove his winkle in your face in the middle of the night when you are sleeping and you have no idea if he is a convicted sex offender.
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    question:

    In U.S. hospitals, do doctors and nurses know in advance if a patient is a sex offender? If so, how is the safety of other patients handled?
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    They may not know here in the US. Unless the pt has noted this to the primary care doc or the doc covering the hospital stay, they wouldn't know. And what pt will mention tey are a sex offender?

    However, there is an on-line registry that you can look up sex offenders who live near your address and I believe by name also, but as far as I know, it isn't standard practice to check every pt for a hx as a sex offender.

    And I have never seen in a US hospital men and women sharing the same room. They keep it same-sex only (not that it would keep you safe from sexual assault.)
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    Depending on how old the hospital was we tried hard to keep rooms to one sex although the ward would be mixed sex. Only exceptions where I worked was the medical admission unit but the ward was busy 24/7 that patients hardly rested. The government was supposed to be stopping mixed wards but hospitals didn't seem to be acting on it. The hardest wards to make this happen are the old Victoria wards where they was long and generally one room, hospitals I worked in was a bit easier as we had bays
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    We rarely have mixed sex wards where i work (in the UK) we have ward bays so there are 4 beds in each bay and these are all single sex. We wouldn't put mixed sex patient in the same bays.
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    The floor I work on (Hosptial in Tennessee) has only private rooms. The entire hospital is that way. While floors may have mixed sex, everyone has their own room.

    Do you guys still actually have non private rooms, where two patients share a room during their stay? Even our ERs have private rooms.
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    09S=BSN, the UK is not the only place that does not have all private rooms. I am in Ohio, and the only hospital I know of in the central Ohio area that may be all private is Nationwide Children's Hospital in Columbus. Most rooms are semi-private, except those in critical care areas (which are private), although hospitals that are adding on new floors/wings/buildings are making all private rooms. Semi-private rooms are same-sex - unless they are husband & wife (have seen this 3 times).
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    Quote from 09S=BSN
    The floor I work on (Hosptial in Tennessee) has only private rooms. The entire hospital is that way. While floors may have mixed sex, everyone has their own room.

    Do you guys still actually have non private rooms, where two patients share a room during their stay? Even our ERs have private rooms.
    Our wards have 28 beds and only 4 individual rooms. We have 4 x4 bedded areas and 2x 9 bedded areas. I have to be honest as a nurse and as a patient I quite like this. As a nurse if there is a sick patients then the others will let you know and give you a shout if you have a confused wandering patient. It also gives them someone to talk to, rather than just have to deal with hospital staff at the time.

    As a patient because we were in the same room I saw a nurse most of the time, there was always a nurse wandering around doing stuff in the ward so if anything was needed there was someone there. I also loved the fact I could chat to the other patients and have something else to do rather than wallow in self pity. I was offered a side room as a member of staff but I got on really well with the other ladies in my bay so didn't want to be on my own.
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    I guess in some circumstances it could be useful.

    Our hospital did it as HIPPA compliance. (Since I think it would be more profitable to have non-private rooms, and more patients, I am inclined to believe this reasoning).

    Still, to prevent boredom we have cable TV in every room, among other things.
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    Quote from 09S=BSN
    I guess in some circumstances it could be useful.

    Our hospital did it as HIPPA compliance. (Since I think it would be more profitable to have non-private rooms, and more patients, I am inclined to believe this reasoning).

    Still, to prevent boredom we have cable TV in every room, among other things.
    There are loads of drawbacks and I would love to have more private rooms. Infection control is always a problem, in fact we have not long had a infective d and V outbreak and the cubicles were all taken with infective patients which meant our sick and palliative patients had to be nursed in a main ward area, this is a horrible situation to be in. There is also the issue of confidentiality, a huge problem and even though you try to keep your voice down you do get overheard.
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    When I worked on the ward we had 3 bays each with 6 beds and 4 side rooms which were generally reserved for pts with infections, or those who were dying. The bays were single sex but the bathrooms/shower room were on a first come first served basis.

    In ITU we have one side room, mixed sex out on the main unit.


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