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Saturday, December 07, 2019

When Kea Turner's 74-year-old grandmother checked into Virginia's Sentara Virginia Beach General Hospital with advanced lung cancer, she landed in the oncology unit where every patient was monitored by a bed alarm.

"Even if she would slightly roll over, it would go off," Turner said. Small movements-such as reaching for a tissue-would set off the alarm, as well. The beeping would go on for up to 10 minutes, Turner said, until a nurse arrived to shut it off.

Tens of thousands of alarms shriek, beep and buzz every day in every U.S. hospital. All sound urgent, but few require immediate attention or get it. Intended to keep patients safe alerting nurses to potential problems, they also create a riot of disturbances for patients trying to heal and get some rest.

Nearly every machine in a hospital is now outfitted with an alarm... Even beds are alarmed to detect movement that might portend a fall.

The glut of noise means that the medical staff is less likely to respond.

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The Boy Who Cried Wolf
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There once was a shepherd boy who was bored as he sat on the hillside watching the village sheep. To amuse himself he took a great breath and sang out, "Wolf! Wolf! The Wolf is chasing the sheep!"

The villagers came running up the hill to help the boy drive the wolf away. But when they arrived at the top of the hill, they found no wolf. The boy laughed at the sight of their angry faces.

"Don't cry 'wolf', shepherd boy," said the villagers, "when there's no wolf!" They went grumbling back down the hill.

Later, the boy sang out again, "Wolf! Wolf! The wolf is chasing the sheep!" To his naughty delight, he watched the villagers run up the hill to help him drive the wolf away.

When the villagers saw no wolf they sternly said, "Save your frightened song for when there is really something wrong! Don't cry 'wolf' when there is NO wolf!"

But the boy just grinned and watched them go grumbling down the hill once more.

Later, he saw a REAL wolf prowling about his flock. Alarmed, he leaped to his feet and sang out as loudly as he could, "Wolf! Wolf!"

But the villagers thought he was trying to fool them again, and so they didn't come.

At sunset, everyone wondered why the shepherd boy hadn't returned to the village with their sheep. They went up the hill to find the boy. They found him weeping.

"There really was a wolf here! The flock has scattered! I cried out, "Wolf!" Why didn't you come?"

An old man tried to comfort the boy as they walked back to the village.

"We'll help you look for the lost sheep in the morning," he said, putting his arm around the youth, "Nobody believes a liar...even when he is telling the truth!"


#1 | Posted by LampLighter at 2019-12-07 02:19 PM | Reply

"Hospital alarms torment patients"

Eff Yes. I've often referred to the ICU as the "Alarm Clock Testing Factory". It's unnerving to the patient who can't tell a benign warning from a life-threatening one. And worst of all possible worlds, the folks who work there get aural fatigue, and the "alarms" just become regular background noise to them.

After my dad had a heart procedure, which caused a mild stroke, he desperately needed some sleep, but the constant racket of the ICU wouldn't allow it. Luckily, the physician on duty was a former classmate of mine, and I begged him to relocate my dad so he could get some much-needed rest. He did, to a separate floor, and when the family returned the next day, dad was in such a deep sleep, we waited several hours before bothering him. We didn't care how long it took, we were just glad he got the chance to wake up. I still believe to this day he would've died if left in that ICU.

#2 | Posted by Danforth at 2019-12-07 03:18 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Surprised no Deplorables have denied what these patients and doctors are saying, seeing as they say cold floors and lights on 24x7 are fine for children.

#3 | Posted by snoofy at 2019-12-07 04:09 PM | Reply

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#4 | Posted by SheepleSchism at 2019-12-07 07:48 PM | Reply

That's just the death buzz going again. They might be actually dead, they might be fine; whatever.

#5 | Posted by hamburglar at 2019-12-07 08:27 PM | Reply

#2 It feels weird to me to hear about how people feel towards their parents. Mine where child-abusers. When dad dies his tombstone will read "God grant he lay still". Both will get a witches marker. I've saved up for this.

It's not being vindictive either.

#6 | Posted by HeliumRat at 2019-12-08 01:34 PM | Reply

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