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2013-02-24 08:33:52 AM

robohobo: gadian: robohobo: I'm assuming this is a public hospital. And if so, why the FARK do they have video game consoles? Especially consoles worth stealing.

Video games are awesome for recovery and for getting the families distracted from their worry.  Many hospitals also give out ipods for patient use during surgeries and dvd players for kids' rooms.

BronyMedic: Resident Muslim: Damage control, I'm guessing.

When you have both parents visiting and spending long hours with a severely injured kid, you need a place to keep the brothers and sisters occupied lest they wreak havoc (or just end up racing each other down the long hallways).

The big reason is for the patients themselves. Some are there for weeks, months, or even years depending on their condition, and it's to keep them involved and enriched, as well as provide morale and distraction based on their respective age groups.

Child Life Specialists do nothing but work with kids all day with games, movies, and video games to help them. It's a pretty awesome job.

The place I work at has one of those Hotel Game-on-demand systems in each room other than in the ER, that has Gamecube and Playstation 3 games on it. It's pretty freaking neat.

Fluorescent Testicle: robohobo: I'm assuming this is a public hospital. And if so, why the FARK do they have video game consoles? Especially consoles worth stealing.

A surprising number of people donate game consoles to children's wards. It's not uncommon.

Fair enough, so long as they're donated.


What, quality of life means nothing to you when it comes to patient care?
 
2013-02-24 08:37:55 AM

MooseUpNorth: robohobo: I'm assuming this is a public hospital. And if so, why the FARK do they have video game consoles? Especially consoles worth stealing.

Because... http://www.childsplaycharity.org/


Was just about to answer with that - see you got it covered.
 
2013-02-24 09:03:14 AM
I've seen this happen a lot. People will steal hospital supply, tv's, and pretty much anything not nailed down while the staff is trying to save their loved ones life. One nurse told me while she treating some guys kid, he stoled her purse. Unfortunately, people just can't stop being scumbags
 
2013-02-24 09:04:28 AM

Happy Hours: MagSeven: robohobo: I'm assuming this is a public hospital. And if so, why the FARK do they have video game consoles? Especially consoles worth stealing.

I remember when I was around 8, I was laid up in the hospital for 4 days from strep throat complications with an added tonsillectomy. After 2 days of laying in a hospital bed with nothing to look at besides daytime soaps that I had no frame of reference to, the smile I gave them when they finally hooked up their Nintendo in my room could have probably powered a small country.

/there's no pain like being in pain and simultaneously watching Days of our Lives.

This is why I never leave home without my phone. At the very least I can surf the web.

The last time I went to the ER the nurse said "Oh sure, you can afford a cell phone, but you can't afford insurance." (I was still holding the phone I used to call the ambulance). I swear to FSM if I hadn't really been in a lot of pain I would have stuffed that asshole's head up his ass. As a matter of fact, I DID have insurance and I was really not a drug-seeker. Yeah, this biatch of a nurse (who was a guy) told the doctors his diagnosis of me right from the start and it was his diagnosis that I was a drug-seeker faking pain. They almost gave me morphine, but upon this nurses advice made me piss for them before they gave me anything. They then learned that I did not take any pain medication whatsoever but gave me something different anyway.

And this is why I hate medical "professionals" more than cops. I've met a few asshole cops in my life, but they have never treated me as badly as some medical "professionals".

I wonder how people in the olden days dealt with the boredom of hospitals.


oh the staff drugged them up so they'd be easier to manage, so high as a kite time passes
 
2013-02-24 12:57:02 PM
The video says the child's shirt was on fire.
 
2013-02-24 12:57:51 PM

MooseUpNorth: robohobo: I'm assuming this is a public hospital. And if so, why the FARK do they have video game consoles? Especially consoles worth stealing.

Because... http://www.childsplaycharity.org/


This.  Also, as an aside, there are other charities that donate games and toys to children's hospitals and children's wards, but Child's Play is probably the best known.

It should also be noted that most dedicated children's hospitals are public hospitals, because almost to a one they were started by various charitable groups to help sick, injured and "crippled" children.  St. Jude's is one of these examples (started out as a charity hospital for children with cancer), and a lot of the children's hospitals in the US are part of the Shriner hospital system (originally started for children with polio and orthopedic birth defects)--and a lot of these still offer free or low-cost healthcare to indigent parents as part of their basic mission.

(And yes, the yearly charity drive for the local Shriner hospital here--which is also one of the larger recipients of donations from Child's Play, being an actually internationally-known children's hospital--is one of the few charitable drives I give to freely and unashamedly (along with the Girl Scouts).  Big deal here, even fire departments get involved going door-to-door to collect donations--and a substantial part of its funding for care of indigent patients and long-term care comes from these donations.  The Child's Play donations (and donations from things like Toys for Tots--yes, they donate to hospital wards too--and donations of books to hospital lending libraries by bookstores) are actually to make life easier for kids who may be in hospital for months at a time due to cancer treatment or rehab (physical rehab for the most part) and have been proven to help recovery by improving patient morale, hence why children's hospitals have embraced the idea.)

As to what children's hospitals did before video games--well, generally, they'd have large toy donations (both by children's toy stores and by charities) and lending-libraries on site for child-friendly books.  :3
 
2013-02-24 01:46:38 PM

Great Porn Dragon: As to what children's hospitals did before video games--well, generally, they'd have large toy donations (both by children's toy stores and by charities) and lending-libraries on site for child-friendly books. :3


My favorite toy ever (a tower marble puzzle) was in the toybox of the recovery room at the IWK Children's hospital in Halifax. I wasn't in long, but I was in often. That toy made everything better.
 
2013-02-24 01:49:33 PM

Great Porn Dragon: Child's Play is probably the best known.


It certainly should be known by every single Farker.
 
2013-02-25 02:12:35 AM
And now I know where my old gaming systems are going to go.
 
2013-02-25 11:34:23 PM

Acharne: BronyMedic: This isn't technically the worst thing that's happened in a children's hospital.

And when you learn that, you'll learn why they took the recliners out of the public ICU waiting room.

Someone brought a pet to Ophelia?


Christopher Durang, is that you?
 
2013-02-26 05:09:56 PM

doglover: I'm also ON a train.


In Tokyo? Let's hope you were actually IN that train.
 
2013-02-26 08:12:00 PM

Fentanyl Bomb: Acharne: BronyMedic: This isn't technically the worst thing that's happened in a children's hospital.

And when you learn that, you'll learn why they took the recliners out of the public ICU waiting room.

Someone brought a pet to Ophelia?

Christopher Durang, is that you?


I wish. I'm a bit more Wilde than him, durang'it all.
 
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