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Do you guys know if having hot running water on the unit is required by JCAHO?... Read More

  1. by   jevans
    I Have to sat it is a simular problem in my hospital. Lots of enquiry informs me that cos its an old building--------- Yack yack blad deeblarr ETC


    how about desent facillities for my patients!!!!!!!!!!!!

    edited for spelling [hope I caught them all!]
  2. by   live4today
    I have a solution to getting hot water in your hospital, KristiWhite Let all the Moms know that their newborns are being bathed in COLD WATER because the hospital is refusing to have running hot water. Now.....if THAT trick doesn't start the hot water running, nothing will! :roftl:
  3. by   Nurse Ratched
    Well, here's your option if you aren't getting anywhere with the facility. You have a right to speak with the JCAHO surveyors about anything you believe is negatively affecting quality of care. The facility I work at had those notices posted all over the place for patients and staff. You have to send written notice to JCAHO x amount of time before the survey. Don't know if it's supposed to be confidential of not, but you can say something.

    Can't believe they purposely keep the hot water turned off. The sadists need to have to take a shower there in the morning...
  4. by   jevans
    Sorry sould have said that I work in rehab. In support of senior management - we do actually inhabit a very old building [ approx 60 odd years]BUT THAT DOES NOT HELP MY PATIENTS
  5. by   fedupnurse
    I'd call JCAHO, State DOH, Town Board of health, the local newspaper, EVERYBODY!!! In my facility it does take a while for the water to get hot, especially in the winter (well when w have one anyway). Funny thing is, we were under a drought warning (after 3 plus inches of rain yesterday alone, I think we are outta he woods) and we had to run the water for 10 minutes to get it really warm for patient baths. Why on earth did te hospital turn off your hot water? It almost sounds like one of the scummy landlord deals where they let the tenants go without basic necessities!
    Pick up that phone and start dialing STAT!
    Good luck!
  6. by   Robin61970
    I can't believe that this is allowed.......those poor babies.......I would raise hell......anonymous phone calls to TV stations.....whatever it takes....
  7. by   RNConnieF
    Hey, My house is 120 years old and I have hot water in all taps (well most of the time any way, unless one of the teenagers was in the shower)
  8. by   boggle
    Very interesting to read your thread KristiWhite!!, and all the comments that have been added!! I had no idea this happened anywhere else!!

    Not too long ago, I went to care for a family member in a hospital I don't work at , (won't name names but it's in a capitol city) . The water out of the tap in the patient's bathroom was nowhere near warm. The staff suggested I fill the bath basin from a tap in the dirty utility room, the only place where there was warm water. So I did,.. several times.

    Can you imagine how many nurses/ techs would really bother or have time to do this? Can you imagine all the water slopped on the hallway floors if everyone did this? I'm guessing many baths were really cool water washups there.

    Made me think twice about how special big city hospitals are.
  9. by   Robin61970
    I am still in disbelief over this......I couldn't do that to those poor babies.........
  10. by   NICU_Nurse
    To clarify, I (I only speak for myself, mind you...) have been microwaving cold tap water, letting it cool down a bit, and using that for bathing. I think it's working against some basic principles here. There is bottled, sterile water that is warmed, but it is not always available, and this seems expensive and wasteful to me. I always like to hear from you guys- you're my sounding board. ;>)
    Last edit by NICU_Nurse on Nov 28, '02
  11. by   futureccrn
    I say make a phone call to JCAHO yourself! This seems like cruel and unusual punishment. You work in a NICU right? Seems to me that the preemies could be negatively affected by cold water for bathing.

    The hospital where I work has running hot water but we use those disposable bathing cloths, They're OK for wiping up stool but in my opinion nothing compares to good old soap and water for bathing. If it were me getting the bath, I wouldn't feel clean with just a cloth bath.
  12. by   Sami*RN
    I agree with fedupnurse!!! You get on the phone and call anyone you can think of. Not only is it a health concern not to have hot running water and an issue the local health department and JCAHO would be serious P*ssed about, you can't bathe babies in cold water!! They can't regulate their body temperature like we can and it could have serious consequences!! I can't believe no one in your hospital is doing anything about this! Are they all idiots?? At least you care! I really hope you do something about this.., It's hard to be the one to speak out, but for your own sake, your patients sake and you license, I hope you can get the ball rolling on this. Keep us updated. I'd like to know what's going to be done about this.

    Good luck!
  13. by   nell
    Jeez Kristi! Seems like the Board of Health ought to know. Sounds like you work in a County or City facility in which case the County/City Council or other governing board should know. It would be better to get a bunch of nurses to get together and demand something be done. Also, I would write to JCAHO and let them know it was only turned on for their benefit and request a surprise inspection. :angryfire

    Who the heck is your medical director? Someone who's never heard of "cold stress" in babies? What about the HepB positive babies that need a really good bath?

    You work in a B A D place!