Nurses have been given a stern warning from their boss about the issue of bed sores at the Princess Margaret Hospital.
Health Minister Julius Timothy, has said no patient at the country’s main hospital should suffer from these sores.
Bed sores, also known as pressure ulcers are skin lesions which can be caused by friction, humidity, temperature, continence, medication, shearing forces, age and unrelieved pressure.
Timothy said in an interview with the media recently, that when he took up office, several patients at PMH suffered from bed sores.
“They don’t get bed sores at Green Hill, they don’t get bed sores at the Infirmary, and they should not get bed sores at the hospital. They can come from home with their bed sores but we must cure them,” Timothy stressed.
According to Timothy nurses and ward aids have been trained to move even the heaviest persons and hence bed sores should not be an issue.
“Once people get bed sores it shows a lack of care. It shows that we do not do our jobs carefully,” he said.
He pointed out that recently patients were bed sore free, but warned “it is happening again”.
The health minister noted that when it comes to health, care is important. “You can train people, you can do everything possible but with health it involves care. You (medical professionals) cannot just say you are working for a salary…” he added.
He also said the right attitude on the job is essential to the quality of service.