There's many as story Venice, and I believe many hospitals expect family to perform the services more and more. Too bad if the elderly ladies husband is 88yrs and unable to do much for anyone. I doubt most would even be given a bath, as the time it takes to give a bath is removing valuable staff from other areas.
Time and motions would probably help but also would an answer to why newspapers are allowed to be taken into hospital wards, when paper carries plenty of germs. Alder Hey Children's Hospital Critically ill wards, hand wash, clean aprons and gloves every time you enter the isolation ward but you can take newspapers or magazines in with you. I did mention it to the staff, and they had never heard of the possibility of cross contamination with paper!
Old fashioned common sense no longer prevails.Someone who went into the Liverpool Royal for 4 weeks with pneumonia, was sent home with MRSA, only to be readmitted, and 5 weeks later he's still there.
With basic, precautionary rules from yesteryear, I'm sure they could save a huge amount on resources, including time.
all of a sudden, something new ??? Don't think so.
Dec. 2011. http://blog.chron.com/medblog/2011/12/paper-can-be-potent-carrier-of-hospital-germs-study-says/
My mother has been convinced for most of my life that paper carries germs. Research confirmed years ago that everything from feces to cocaine residue hitchhikes on paper money and we already knew that medical records can harbor MRSA, so new findings released in this monthís issue of the American Journal of Nursing should come as no surprise.