Dunedin Hospital acting charge nurse Angeline Walker
demonstrates a new bed-making technique that could save the
country millions of dollars. Photo by Dan Hutchinson.
Pillow talk and some clever under-cover work by Dunedin
nurses has resulted in a bed-making change that could save
millions of taxpayer dollars.
Nurses and management in ward 8b at Dunedin Public Hospital
have managed to reduce the number of items needed on a bed
from nine down to four and it now takes just 30 seconds to
make a bed.
Surgical director of nursing Sharon Jones said they set out
to ''standardise and rationalise'' the bed-making process.
Each ward had its own ''special'' way of doing things and
people had different names for the same items.
One hundred lines of linen products had been reduced to about
40 and they had improved the quality of the items used in
A smart blue polar fleece blanket, already used at Southland
Hospital, was adopted as the top layer with a top sheet,
bottom sheet and pillowcase the only other things required.
The service manager for non-clinical support services,
Heather Fleming, said the new bed-making process was now
being used right across the Southern DHB and also at Nelson
Marlborough DHB hospitals.
Health Minister Tony Ryall said Ward 8b was a ''really good
''They have saved oodles of money.''
Dunedin Hospital has saved $100,000 over the last year using
the new technique.
Unit manager for non-clinical support services Phil Williams
said linen cupboards that were once overflowing with linen
now had plenty of space.
Ms Fleming heaped praise on charge nurse manager Margot Love
for spearheading the programme. Staff were now looking at
other ways to make savings, including a new fitted sheet
being trialled in Ward 8b.