Date: August 24, 2013

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We know now, what was not known then, But was advocated and implemented by Florence Nightingale.

    • That typhus is spread by body lice
    • That fleas and rates and flies are key vectors of disease.
    • That good nutrition is specially important to the sick.
    • That dysentery, diarrhea and fever can often be caused by improperly prepared food.
    • That a wound not cleaned and debrided of nectrotic tissue every day will develop gangrene
    • That Vit C is essential to the formation of scar tissue.
    • That morale has an important bearing on the human immune system.
    • The care and attention given by her, also her night rounds, raised the general morale and also helped to identify and detect diseases in their early stage.

    • That a therapeutic environment is congenial to recovery (which she established in the Barrack hospitals) –
    • Good ventilation in the wards
    • Hygienic measures and a must and basic to prevent infection and to promote recovery.
    • Fresh air
    • Clean laundry (set up a laundry)
    • Regular change of patients personal clothing
    • Cleanliness of the skin
    • Use of separate sponge cloths for each patients
    • Therapeutic diet (set up a special kitchen) was particularly regarding the serving of cooking, soft diet which was easily digestible.
    • Spacing between beds.
    • Proving of privacy – provided screens specially during procedures.
    • Practice advocacy and protective the soldiers rights.
    • Made provision for recreation
    • Conducted educational programmes
    • Initiated a Remittance Scheme (wherein soldiers could send part of their savings home to the families)
    • Practiced holistic- transpersonal caring.

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