Medical College Rules and Regulations
[Rules and Regulations, no date, for
Medical College Hospital]
Genl Hospl Medical College
Regulations of the Hospital of the Medical College of Virginia
The faculty shall select from their body a President to
serve for one year or until a successor shall be appointed.
The president shall superintend the Hospital in all its
departments and direct its fiscal concerns.
He shall cause a register to be kept of all admissions into
the Hospital and shall disclose all monies received from or on account of
patients by the steward according to the wants of the house, and report quantity
to the Faculty or oftener.
Steward and Matron
A Steward and Matron shall be appointed by the Faculty to
continue in office during the pleasure of the faculty and no longer.
The Steward shall, under the direction of the President of the Hospital, take charge of the central management of the Hospital. He shall:
1. Procure the necessary servants and nurses and see that
they perform their duties.
2. Attend to the marketing, laying in of fuel, and all
3. Superintend the cooking and see that every patient has
at the proper time the diet prescribed by the attending Physician or Surgeon.
4. Superintend the washing and see that all the rooms and
furniture of the Hospital are kept in a state of cleanliness.
7. Appoint for each patient the ward and bed he or she
shall occupy and change the same from time to time as occasion may require but
subject always in the report to the orders of the Physicians or Surgeon under
whose care the patients may be.
9. In these duties the Steward will be aided by the Matron
and particularly in the superintendence of the cooking and washing.
10. The matron shall make the necessary bed furniture,
towels, curtains, &c, and do the necessary mending to the same, take care of
them, and the other furniture of the establishment and keep the whole in good
11. The Steward and Matron will be subject to the control
of the President of the Hospital in the discharge of their duties and as many
things may be required at their hands which cannot be enumerated, they will be
governed in all cases by very specific directives that may be given by him. In
cases of Surgical operations, the Surgeon shall cause any number of the Faculty
to be notified by the same at least two hours beforehand and in every case
requiring an operation which may hazard the life of the patient or maim him. The
Surgeon shall hold a consultation with at least two of the professors.
The attending Physician and Surgeon shall visit the
Hospital every day at stated periods and when prevented by indisposition or
other urgent reason shall obtain the services of one of his colleagues during
his time of absence.
Resident or House
It shall be the duty of the Resident or House Physician to
visit all the wards of the Hospital morning and evening to see that the
prescriptions of the attending Physicians and Surgeons are accurately carried
out to see that the patients have their proper diet and in cases of emergency in
the absence of the attending Physician and Surgeon to prescribe for the patient.
He shall report all delinquencies in the discharge of the
duties which come under his supervision to the President of the Hospital.
It shall be the duty of the Resident students to accompany
the attending Physician and Surgeon in their daily visits to the Hospital and
see that all their orders are strictly and punctually observed.
They shall make and personally administer the
prescriptions, bleed, cup, apply blisters, dressing and bandages, and
superintend the administration of _____ patients.
They shall have assigned to them in regular rotation unless specially directed otherwise by the attending Physician or Surgeon the patients admitted into the Hospital and each one shall keep a regular list of the patients so assigned him with the disease, operation if any, and condition hen discharged together with the prescriptions for the respective patients and the time and manner of administering such prescriptions and any symptoms deemed important occurring in their observation, such symptoms to be reported to the attending Physicians or Surgeon on his next visit.
They shall always dress the surgical patient by 8 o’clock
unless otherwise directed by the attending Surgeon and shall in no case dispute
the duty to any servant of the institution.
They shall visit the medical patients by the same hour
unless otherwise directed by the attending Physician. Violation of any of the
foregoing rules will be reported by the Resident Physician to the attending
Physician or Surgeon.
They shall be required so to arrange their time that one of
them shall always be in the building.
They shall occupy a room in the Hospital suitably furnished
and shall sleep in the Hospital.
They are forbidden to furnish a bed or any accommodation to
a friend or to allow their room to be made a lounging place for their
They shall not speak of the health of any patient in the
presence of such patients.
They shall not under any circumstances strike or maltreat
any patient or servant of the institution but if there is reason for complaint
on the part of the Resident Student, such complaints shall be made to the
Steward of the Hospital
Card playing or other vice in any of the rooms by any of
the attendants of the Hospital is strictly prohibited.
The Resident Students shall arrange the various medicines
in the Dispensary in the most convenient manner. After which arrangement any
medicine shall be returned to its place immediately on being used.
The spatulas, tiles, and measuring glasses shall be placed
conveniently and shall be cleaned and returned to their places immediately after
being used by the students so using them.
All ardent spirits and wine shall be kept in bulk by the
Steward among the stores of the Hospital, but a sufficient quantity for the
ordinary use of the patients shall be kept in the Dispensary under the charge of
the Resident Physician and the daily prescriptions for the same shall be
dispensed therefrom by the Resident Students in the same manner as medicines in
No person except the Physicians and Surgeons of the
Hospital shall speak of the health of a patient in the presence of such patient.
The smoking of tobacco is prohibited in the wards and
passages of the Hospital.
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