Hands tied

My father, a very proud man, was recovering in the hospital, with four people in his room. He needed a portable toilet so the nurse went to find one. The nurse returned to advise the few that they had were being used. My father was so anxious and embarrassed! Subsequently, staff had to spend additional time cleaning him and changing the bedding.

This left me wondering how many hours in a day is spent cleaning up other patients when it could have been prevented had the equipment been available. Front line staff must feel like they have to do their duties with their hands tied behind their backs.