Chalk one up for the bed sitters
The BMJ has a great essay on the UK's recent prohibition of sitting on patients' beds. Written by Iona Heath, a general practitioner, this piece takes to task a bizarre series of rules to improve infection control in British hospitals. She writes:
This ban on sitting on the bed seems to be imposed without exception even for patients who are known to be dying. How and why has this happened? Infection control is clearly a subset of "health and safety" but needs to guard against taking on too much of its rhetoric and public face, which is increasingly characterised by its lack of humanity, common sense, and even humour.