Nightingale ward


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Nightingale ward

a hospital ward designed by Florence Nightingale that revolutionized hospital design. The number of beds allowed in a ward of given size was limited to permit the circulation of air and to enhance general cleanliness and the comfort of patients. Three sides of the ward were windowed to admit light and fresh air. Although multiple-bed wards are now obsolete in hospital design, the concerns and benefits that impelled Miss Nightingale to create them remain central to hospital planning.

Nightingale ward

A type of hospital ward that is now rare in the UK, which consists of one large room without subdivisions, and 24 to 34 beds arranged along the sides. Nightingale wards often have side utility rooms (1–2 side rooms that can be pressed into service for patient isolation or privacy). While they are noisier than bays (a modern ward design containing 4 to 6 beds), nursing staff find it easier to observe patients in larger wards.
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She preferred the long Nightingale wards, but we loved the round wards because you could see everyone and reach them easily.
Keeping the number of beds constant, a Nightingale ward would demand a considerably smaller footprint compared to units with single-patient rooms.
Birmingham hospitals may have to return to old-fashioned Florence Nightingale wards because so many patients are falling out of bed.
It's time to bring back the old matrons and Nightingale wards - and put consultants and senior nurses in control of the budget.
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xx Linda Lee Bring back Nightingale wards then patients won't think they are in a hotel.
The huge Nightingale wards of the hospital have the size to be readily available as large museum rooms.
The wards are as good as something seen in a private hospital and much more flexible than the traditional Nightingale wards in most older hospitals, which will help stop the spread of infection and enable men and women to be treated separately under the specialist ward they need.
Despite obvious drawbacks, I preferred the Nightingale wards because of the high visibility and the co-operative working practices that this encouraged.
IN 1948, large open-plan dormitory-style wards, called Nightingale wards, were the norm.
A Greater Glasgow Health Board spokesman said: 'The old Florence Nightingale wards are really not fit for modern medicine.