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The New Zealand Railways Magazine, Volume 10, Issue 2 (May 1, 1935)



Ventilation is one of the most important factors in regard to the hygiene of the sickroom. Pure air is absolutely necessary. It is essential to keep the air pure and fresh, and at the same time to avoid draughts. The windows should be open at the top. A wide open window causes less draught than one open only a few inches. The judicious use of a screen is a great help in the case of a patient who complains of draughts.

In addition to the daily bathing or sponging, see that the teeth and mouth are thoroughly cleansed, and the hair well brushed and combed. Carry out any treatments that may be ordered by the doctor. Clothes should be changed frequently.

Thick undergarments are not necessary. It is better to have a light porous garment next to the skin, and wear a warm bed jacket when necessary. It is a good plan to have separate garments for day and night wear.

Food and crockery should not be left in a sick room. Drinks that are left with a patient should be covered. Water for drinking should be renewed frequently.

When serving food, the tray should be made to look as attractive as possible. The napery should always be clean, glasses and silver polished, dishes and china the nicest available, clean and unchipped. No necessary articles should be forgotten (as, for instance, salt and pepper). All food intended to be hot, should be really hot, and served on a hot plate, and all food intended to be cold, served on a cold plate. It is a good rule to serve too little food rather than too much. A second helping can always be given if wanted. * * *