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Offline Laurie

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Beeping Mad!
« on: April 25, 2019, 10:54:29 am »
Having spent three of the last four weeks viewing life from a hospital bed I've been close to suicidal over the amount of portable equipment fitted with beepers.  :wall:   
Since their sole purpose is to notify hospital staff of various functions/misfunctions why should we, the paying public be driven potty by their continuous racket?
Idea  :smartass: Why not convert all the beepers to ultrasonic devices and fit all the hospital staff with bat detectors?
Got to be worthy of a Nobel Peace (and Quiet) Prize......?
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Re: Beeping Mad!
« Reply #1 on: April 25, 2019, 11:27:57 am »
get well soon

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Re: Beeping Mad!
« Reply #2 on: April 25, 2019, 12:10:49 pm »

The machine that bleeps.




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Re: Beeping Mad!
« Reply #3 on: April 25, 2019, 12:26:46 pm »
We're working on a system to do almost exactly what Laurie wants. The constant beeping is almost as irritating for the staff as the patients..... May take a while, so earplugs, iPods or noise-cancelling headphones are probably sensible equipment for any conscious patient.

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Re: Beeping Mad!
« Reply #4 on: April 25, 2019, 01:08:19 pm »
After my crash I got out early by being bad tempered and awkward.




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Re: Beeping Mad!
« Reply #5 on: April 25, 2019, 01:40:22 pm »
Hope you are home soon. All the best

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Re: Beeping Mad!
« Reply #6 on: April 25, 2019, 03:33:28 pm »
Best wishes for a speedy recovery Laurie!

With regards to the beeping, I feel your pain. I have to attend a hospital day unit every week to have a pint of blood drained off (to reduce the iron levels in my various organs) & the various drips attached to my fellow patients beep relentlessly as they empty. Drives me bonkers!
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Re: Beeping Mad!
« Reply #7 on: April 28, 2019, 07:49:45 am »
I think I'm beginning to suffer from 'Beepophobia'.
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Re: Beeping Mad!
« Reply #8 on: April 28, 2019, 08:27:43 am »
Perhaps your name was Wile E Coyote in a previous life!


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Re: Beeping Mad!
« Reply #9 on: April 28, 2019, 08:28:54 am »
Confucius say "War does not determine who is right, war determine who is left."

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Re: Beeping Mad!
« Reply #10 on: April 28, 2019, 03:34:49 pm »
All the best Laurie.
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Re: Beeping Mad!
« Reply #11 on: April 29, 2019, 07:53:39 am »
Thanks Dave 'n' Dave.  :)
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Re: Beeping Mad!
« Reply #12 on: April 29, 2019, 08:44:39 am »
As a soon to be retired nhs radiotherapy engineer I know what you mean. The beeps and pings are there for a reason and the staff should really be attending to correct the problem or turn the machine off. Most of the noises will be because the pump has finished delivering the medication so it should just be turned off and disconnected from the patient. If they're going to ignore other things like blood pressure too high or pulse rate outside limits then they can mute the alarm.
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Re: Beeping Mad!
« Reply #13 on: April 29, 2019, 04:50:39 pm »
As a soon to be retired nhs radiotherapy engineer I know what you mean. The beeps and pings are there for a reason and the staff should really be attending to correct the problem or turn the machine off. Most of the noises will be because the pump has finished delivering the medication so it should just be turned off and disconnected from the patient. If they're going to ignore other things like blood pressure too high or pulse rate outside limits then they can mute the alarm.

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Re: Beeping Mad!
« Reply #14 on: April 29, 2019, 06:51:46 pm »
A long time ago, when my eldest son was a teenager, I alerted a senior member of nursing staff to a potentially very harmful practice. Pumps, with beeps, were being used to deliver intra-venous (IV) medication and the nursing staff had got into a habit of turning the "beep" off when it sounded, returning later to top up the medication. What they had not noticed was that stopping the "beep" restarted the pump, which then went on to push air from the now empty IV line into the patient. I shudder to think about the possible consequences of this, what might have happened to my son and to others in that ward and elsewhere. Sadly I am was not surprised at this example of failing to take in the whole picture and respond in the way the staff did to what they perceived as an irritation.

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Re: Beeping Mad!
« Reply #15 on: April 29, 2019, 07:32:15 pm »
Sorry to hear you are in hospital or even worse in Mc Donanld's now that place bloody BEEPS!
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