Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Johnnie On The Spot!

Awhile back a relative of mine went into the hospital for a surgical procedure. The condition that they entered into having this done was that they needed to be put to sleep. Okay, no big deal, take a nice nap and wake up all done. No one mentioned the walking from this point to that point to do, of course, this and that, would be done in a small sheet with arms and two short sleeves. Anybody who's ever been in the hospital knows what I'm talking about. The robe that has two small ties in the back which also don't line up with your butt. That's what goes on display when you go from here to there, of course! I don't know why they couldn't find some way to use some disposable cheap scrubs or something, just to retain some assemblance of a person's dignity till they reach the table. I know nursing scrubs wouldn't work because they'd have to cut them off of the patient and that would get expensive. I'm talking about paper scrubs or something along those lines that the hospital could buy for $3 and charge the patient $50 for ($100 if insured).

I really feel for the patients in the post operative area where family or close friends tend to be while the patients regain their wits. This is a really bad time for the modest patient since they usually have an IV (there's always an IV in the arm it seems) in one arm and they're trying desperately to keep their 'Johnnies' closed with the other arm, if it's available. Even if they made disposable scrub top or a top with a reusable adhesive, like paper tape, that has a limited use but can be reused for the short time it's needed. It may seem a small issue to some but for others it could mean putting off a necessary procedure due to modesty issues, which is ridiculous. Potential embarrassment can make some people do 'funny' things. I know paper clothes are manufactured because many service companies use them when dealing with contaminants so that all tainted materials get disposed of with the lowest expense involved. Just something to think about. A little modesty goes a long way to a patients feeling of well being with only slight embarrassment.

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