Nursing care in hospitals

Care for seriously-ill patients in the First City Hospital
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There’re quite a lot of bedridden patients in Moscow hospitals in a very poor state of health who are not looked after. Sisters of charity look after such patients in the First City Hospital. They feed them, accompany the in-patients on their walks, turn those who are bedridden, treat their pressure sores, etc.

Death rate in the divisions where the sisters work is much lower. As hygienic care, good food, and at least minimal movement are all paramount for effective treatment. Even if there are some relatives ready to help, they, at times, are unable to wash a patient in their bed or guarantee regular care in order to prevent complications in the state of a bedridden patient.

At present, there’re nurse stations in six hospital departments: two Neurological, one in the Neurosurgery, one in its Therapy unit and two in the Accident and Emergency (A and E) Department. Each year the sisters of charity look after some 550 seriously ill patients at the First City Hospital. Around 100 volunteers help them. Some of them have undergone caregivers’ trainings and are thus experienced in working with seriously ill patients, so the level of their competence is that of caregivers’. From 5 to 25 patients get one-off help daily.