Re: Basic hospital care
Posted by Sheona (Drossa) on 20/6/2017, 12:46:58, in reply to "Basic hospital care"
Nursing should not just be about taking a person's temperature, blood pressure, and administering prescribed medications. It should take into account the whole person, their wellbeing, basic needs (thirst, hunger, hot, cold, etc), and I believe it is well documented that good nutrition is vital. Just plonking a meal or a drink down in front of a person unable to feed themselves is uncaring, inconsiderate and unnecessary. |
I cannot speak for the whole of Europe, but I know that in Italy (my late father-in-law was in various hospitals), more recently my m-in-law (again various hospitals), other relatives - yet again more different hospitals - food is plentiful, tasty, and served in an appetising way (and for those patients able to imbibe they can choose between a glass of white or red wine with their meal!). I have watched nurses (every bit as busy as nurses the world over), sit with less capable patients to assist them and encourage them to eat etc.
Where is our compassion that it seems that potentially starving and denying basic liquids is condoned? Were someone keeping a pet cat, dog, rabbit etc., and denying them food and drink, the RSPCA or others may well be called in and perhaps the perpetrator(s) would be taken to court for inflicting cruelty.
Sorry to sound so annoyed, but frankly the oft (and over-used) phrase 'learning lessons' leaves me just angry. There is no 'lesson to be learned', all that seems to be required is the application of common sense and respect for basic human needs and dignity. If hospitals are so short staffed to assist patients eat and drink, then I believe that hospitals should encourage volunteers to come in at meal times to give some extra assistance to those patients unable to feed or drink independently.