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Experiment in Progressive Patient Care

Br Med J 1968; 3 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.3.5621.794 (Published 28 September 1968) Cite this as: Br Med J 1968;3:794
  1. Ronald Hartley,
  2. W. R. O'Flynn,
  3. Mark Rake,
  4. Mary Wooster


    A successful experiment is described in providing total progressive patient care in a small hospital. This was based on dividing ward services into nursing and “hotel” services, the latter being provided by a housekeeping team. Patients were divided into three categories according to the amount of nursing care needed, and two wards were converted, one into an intensive care unit, the other into a homeward bound unit, with high and low nurse/patient ratios respectively.

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