Thursday, July 3, 2008
Elevators are one of the greatest benefits of a large teaching hospital. While on the floor or in the OR the beeper goes off constantly. It never goes off for something good, it only goes off when there is something else for you to do. Each time it goes off, you try to find a phone and although it was important enough to page you for, the person who paged never answers the phone. So while you wait for them to get that person, your beeper goes off again. (cell phones are not to be used in hospitals because of problems with telemetry). After what seems like the 10th page, you get in the elevator. It is paradise! You cant answer a page and if you are lucky it will stop at every floor on the way to where you were going. Often, the pager doesn't even work in the elevators. A good 10 to 12 floors might mean 10 minutes of respite. I hate to admit that even when I am alone in the elevator, I push extra floor buttons.