I HAVE repeatedly said in my lectures to nurses and students that the most common single reason for a child being in bed on a medical ward of a hospital during the day is the fact that no one has thought of getting him up. One morning recently I admitted a girl for investigation of albuminuria, and on my ward round in the afternoon, finding her in bed, I asked a new ward sister the reason. In surprise she said, &dquo;Because no one instructed me to do otherwise.&dquo; I suggested that a child should be up and…
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