Fitted sheets on hospital beds have been a long time coming

What will we do without former icon of the profession the hospital corner, asks Jane Bates

What will we do without former icon of the profession the hospital corner, asks Jane Bates

Stop the world – I’m having a moment. I heard recently that we are going to have fitted sheets on our hospital beds. Fitted sheets! How has it come to this? Whatever will become of the hospital corner?

The very first thing we learned as nursing students was how to sew our lacy hats, then hot on the heels of the headgear came bed making. I had expected by this time to learn something about patients, but uniform and hospital furniture came first.

No room for error

We had to hone our bed making to perfection, completing the task in three minutes, with the hospital corners symmetrical, the pillow cases with the open edge facing away from the door and the wheels of


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