Experiment in Progressive Patient CareBr 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
- Ronald Hartley,
- W. R. O'Flynn,
- Mark Rake,
- 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.