Basic neccessities...

  1. Do you guys know if having hot running water on the unit is required by JCAHO?
    Last edit by NICU_Nurse on Nov 28, '02
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  3. by   Robin61970
    OMG!!!!! Only response I can think of......jeez
  4. by   Sami*RN
    Hmm.., let me think a moment..,
  5. by   NICU_Nurse
    I'm serious!!!
    WOW! Yikes!

    I hate to admit it, but there have been times, where I've secretly thought to myself, "wouldn't it be fun to report this place to somebody?" Or see something wrong and think "oh, JCAHO would just sh*t if they saw that!"

    It's a shame management only does things the way they are supposed to be done 1 week out of the year.

    Are your babies getting bathed in cold water????

  7. by   canoehead
    HA! Polly put the kettle on! That's why they needed lots of boiling water to have babies- in case JCAHO showed up.

    Seriously though- no I can't, HA!HA! (no hot water?!)
  8. by   Nurse Ratched
    Thinking that's sort of a Board of Health thing - which JCAHO may or may not gove a rats butt about - they seem more interested in my care plans and pain scales .

    How about this one - what if you can *get* hot water but it takes like ten minutes of running the water?
  9. by   misti_z
    On my floor's central wing it takes at least 10 minutes to get luke warm water! On the west wing it is too damn hot the second you turn it on!

    And Heather I have had the same thoughts!!

  10. by   RNConnieF
    I'm thinking that if the BOH closes an eatery for not having water they sure as heck would close a hospital. No water kinda make universal precations hard doesn't it?
  11. by   ceecel.dee
    It's happened here too. In fact, we now have microwavable bedbath cloths on our supply cart, so did we benefit from that debacle? :P They are actually quite nice to use.
  12. by   NICU_Nurse
    Well, hmm. I was just wondering if you could wash your hands effectively with no hot running water, not to mention giving baths, etc. I don't know. I'm an idealist. ;>) Just wondering what the 'rules' were.
    Last edit by NICU_Nurse on Nov 28, '02
  13. by   Rustyhammer
    I don't want to hear anymore about this!
    Maybe it's me but the visual I just got from " It's terrible to see a screaming baby being rinsed off in a cold sink." is not a pleasant one at all for me.
    Don't tell me anymore please.
    I can't handle it.
  14. by   mattsmom81
    There's a certain area on all floors of our hospital (southwest corner) that NEVER has hot water. Too much adding on and not enough water heaters.

    The hospital refuses to redo any plumbing or add extra water we have to steal hot water and run with our pans of hot water to those areas.....we see nurses and CNA's trotting up and down the halls sloshing water everywhere. And we always seem to pass JCAHO.