Hydration for Patients and Staff is Crucial as People are Passing Out due to Overheated Hospitals

Nursing staff have stated that some hospitals really are getting so hot that the patients and even the relatives are passing out because of the heat. Some are not even able to stay hydrated even if they wanted to and this is because there are simply not enough staff for them to take a break. Those who work in nurse jobs or doctor jobs will understand this more than anyone. The law states that patients, staff and even those who work in nursing jobs need to have access to water at all times. The heatwave has seen temperatures rise to well over 30 degrees and the RCN have even come out to say that dehydration in overheated hospitals is often a health risk. It can even lead to a huge range of serious health conditions and this includes urinary tract infections, kidney injuries and more.

Anna Crossley who is an RCN Professional has come out to say that nursing staff should not be expected to work 12 or even more hour shifts in this heat with absolutely no access to water. She has come out to say that not only is this uncomfortable, but it is also dangerous for them and the patients who they work so hard to care for. Dehydration can seriously affect your cognition and this can lead to mistakes being made. For this reason, water bottles should be made so that staff can carry them with them as they work their shift. It also means that they can have a break when transitioning between patients. A lot of hospitals are not even fitted with air conditioning and this can cause real problems for everyone who is in the room at the time.

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