Care in final days
It is commonly assumed that single hospital rooms ensure a good death. Think again, writes Melissa Bloomer
Over recent decades, we have seen a growing tendency for including more single rooms in hospital ward design. Single rooms are often favoured by patients, are highly sought after and rarely empty. Infection control guidelines mandate single rooms for patients who are infectious to others or immune-compromised, and the deeply ingrained cultural norms in hospitals result in nurses also lobbying for single rooms for particular patient groups, such as those who are dying. Australians today have an overwhelming preference to die at home, and to be cared for by family until death. But our rapidly...
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