1/26/11

Different gender, same hospital room

Ontario media are picking up on the placement of men and women in the same hospital room.

"Gender cohorting has become more frequent in the whole province," said Katherine Stansfield, Quite Health Care's vice-president of patient services. "It's not a policy but certainly it has been the practice in the province for some time."

She said patients of different genders are placed in the same rooms as needed. "It's not something that is part of regular practice but ... it is a very regular occurrence," said Stansfield. "If there is some concerns we make every effort to move the patient ... as soon as possible."

High bed occupancy continues, but with some new twists...

dallan@cupe.ca

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