"Quality of Nursing Care"
About: Queen Elizabeth University Hospital Glasgow Queen Elizabeth University Hospital Glasgow Glasgow G51 4TF
Posted by Iscot (as ),
My brother has been ill over a period of 4 months and has had a total of 5 admissions over that period of time. The nature of his illness means that he has experienced difficulty in eating and drinking, and consequently, he has lost weight and continues to lose weight. The Malnutrition Universal Screening Tool places him in a High Risk category. I was distressed to find that given the risk of malnutrition my brother's food intake had not been recorded for two days. Furthermore, given the importance of maintaining hydration, he did not have an appropriate cup by his bedside with water. If this was not concerning enough there was also medication on his bedside locker which had not been administered.
Clearly this level of care does not meet my brother's needs, and this is in itself distressing. I want to be able to take him home, but I know that he is not yet well enough to go home, If he remains in hospital, will his condition deteriorate as a result of a lack of appropriate care? What surprises me the most is that the lack of proper record keeping can go unnoticed for two days. It makes me reflect on the circumstances that give rise to lapses in care.