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Hospital bathrooms and showers: a continuing saga of inadequacy

Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine

Author: Monro, A., Mulley, G. P.
Type: Journal Article
Year: 2004

Abstract:

Previous surveys of UK hospitals have highlighted many deficiencies in the standards of hospital inpatient washing and bathing facilities--especially inadequate access for wheelchair users, insufficient bathing equipment, and unsatisfactory cleanliness and privacy. We conducted a qualitative survey in three hospitals in the North of England to see whether these facilities have improved. There have been some improvements, particularly in the provision of bath hoists, adapted taps, alarm call systems, shower seats and wheelchair access to bathrooms. But many basic problems remain-absent locks and signs, inadequate heating, poor standards of privacy, insufficient bath aids, wet floors, and the inappropriate use of bathrooms as store rooms. The overall condition of hospital bathrooms and showers remains unsatisfactory. Too many hospital bathrooms are austere, cold, smelly and poorly maintained.


Further Details

Full Title: Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine
Pages: 235-7
Volume: 97
Issue: 5
ISBN/ISSN: 0141-0768
Image: 0438634753and showers et al.pdf
Remote Database Name: /z-wcorg/
Remote Database Provider: http://worldcat.org
Language: English
Reads: 207
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