Albert Einstein defines insanity as doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. We have seen the evolution of disposable syringes, bedpans, suture trays and other equipment known to spread germs. However, bedside commode methods have not changed since the practice of Florence Nightingale. Yet, Clostridium difficile and other gastrointestinal pathogens add billions of dollars to United States health care costs annually. Perhaps it is time to reconsider current methods and equipment in bedside toileting.
Author: Molly Delaney, Emergency Department Nurse Manager