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Little things count in the fundamentals of care

Loss of control over everyday decisions can make a hospital stay more stressful, says Mandy Day-Calder.
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Loss of control over everyday decisions can make a hospital stay more stressful, says Mandy Day-Calder

When we had guests staying for the weekend, I was amused when we found ourselves passionately discussing the delicate topic of morning ablutions.

Even among the six of us there were great variations in what was considered ‘normal’ or acceptable – those who shower at least daily were shocked at those who don’t and vice versa. I was left pondering over what it must feel like when these choices are taken away from you.

As nurses, it can be hard to remember what an alien environment a hospital is for most people – no longer in control of everyday decisions, patients have no choice but to let ward routines dictate the pace and pattern of

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