Letters Should all patients have single rooms?

Risk of inpatient falls is increased with single rooms

BMJ 2013; 347 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.f6344 (Published 22 October 2013) Cite this as: BMJ 2013;347:f6344
  1. Inderpal Singh, consultant physician and geriatrician1,
  2. Justin Okeke, specialty registrar, geriatric medicine1
  1. 1Ysbyty Ystrad Fawr, Aneurin Bevan Health Board, Ystrad Mynach CF82 7GP, UK
  1. inder.singh{at}wales.nhs.uk

We recently compared a newly built Welsh hospital that has 100% single rooms with the old hospital, which has both single rooms and multi-bedded wards. In agreement with Pennington, we found that single rooms reduce the incidence of hospital acquired infections.1 Rates of acquisition of Clostridium difficile were also lower in the new hospital.2 As …

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