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

  1. by   SmilingBluEyes
    You certainly DO NOT NEED HOT WATER TO WASH YOUR HANDS EFFECTIVELY, as you all know. But to wash newborns in cold water is obviously a BAAAD thing; would contribute to cold-stress, which no one wants. BANG the GONG and do whatever you can to get this changed. We once had to hold off on newborn baths due to no hot water on our OB floor. Tell ya what, it was fixed PDQ when reported. Good luck!
  2. by   caroladybelle
  3. by   acaringnurse

    what's the status of this issue?
  4. by   911fltrn
    PLEASE tell us where you work !!!!!!! Call the ceo of the hospital! You shouldnt have to say who you are! If the ceo doesnt get it fixed call the media! Youll have plumber's in there asap. I would bet my paycheck on it!
  5. by   RN2B2005
    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!
    Amen! As a patient, if I heard that, I'd be inclined to hurl myself out of my LDRP bed, bloody bed linens and all, and grab a wrench to go beat a hospital administrator over the head with--after I turned the hot water on. Then, in my hormonally charged fury, I'd get on the phone to the local newspaper and demand to know why it would ever be acceptable for a taxpayer-supported hospital (assuming that your employer takes Medicaid or Medicare patients) to turn off the hot water to ANY unit, let alone one providing OB/GYN or paediatric services. The average hospital-only cost for a normal vaginal delivery is $3000...they can damn well afford to have hot water.

    Seriously, I'd be wondering about working at a place that would turn the hot water off. I've worked (in a non-nursing capacity) at a non-profit hospital which had every excuse for failing plumbing--elderly buildings, bizarre layout, amalgam of new and old buildings--yet still managed to ALWAYS have hot water immediately on tap. Plus there's the infection transmission risk inherent in not having hot water available. Yikes.
  6. by   mageean
    I cant believe what I am reading here!What about Maslow's heirachy of needs? being in the UK I dont know who JCAHO are but who cares. Hot running water is a must in any clinical area!
  7. by   cargal
    Make a phone call. Heck, we can do it for you! Just PM one of us. As far as Maslow, I think LTC has no idea who he is!
    We are with you Kristi- this is ineffecient use of time and funds not to mention downright stupid.

  8. by   SmilingBluEyes
    Don't bathe a baby in COLD water.....ever hear of cold stress????? Whether you have hot water or not, don't do it! I sponge-bath babies in radiant warmers....

    Another idea: Do you have a blanket warmer? If so., put some sterile water in it to warm....use this to sponge bathe baby in radiant warmer. There are creative ways around almost any situation....but would you take a bath in cold water? doubt why do this to a baby? Meantime, report this situation and do whatever you can to change it. eeeek
    Last edit by SmilingBluEyes on Nov 27, '02
  9. by   K O'Malley
    I didn't realize this was such a common problem. Two hospitals I've worked at recently didn't have hot water on some of the units and rooms. One was a MICU and MERSA city. The other was a tele unit and the pt's would complain about luke warm showers. Yikes! We reported it to maintenance a number of times and were basically told that nothing could be done. Aren't hospitals wonderful places?
  10. by   Agnus
    OMG ! They turn it on for JAHCO and off after they leave? What excuse do they offer? This is outrageous.
  11. by   sjoe
    Just when I think I've heard everything....
  12. by   panda_181
    I cannot belive that...can you just imagine what the body temperature of those poor little babies goes down to? Expecially the premies or skinny ones with no body fat...I can't believe it...

  13. by   panda_181
    And just a question...why would you need to put sterile water in the warmer? Nothing wrong with the tap water, it's what's used to bathe them anyway...