Eat Before You Get Here! - page 9

WHY is it that as soon as people step one foot into the ER, they suddenly are overcome with hunger and thirst? Now I can understand if the patient is admitted and has been there all day and has eaten... Read More

  1. by   NurseJacqui
    I like it when the families feel we are also responsible for feeding their children. We have a coffee shop, 2 vending machines and a cafeteria. Not to mention numerous fast food places surrounding the hospital. Wait, I forgot...you have to PAY for those. Or when the pt is there for abdominal pain, N/V/D and are instructed not to eat or drink and then you see them eating McDonald's. OR the lady with the 700 blood sugar whose children bring her KFC cuz and Hawaaiin Punch because " she is a diabetic and has to eat" even after you tell them not to ? What do you know...you're only a nurse!
  2. by   NurseJacqui
    Quote from stevierae
    What am I missing here? Why does ANYONE have to be FED in an emergency room? If one is sick enough to BE in an emergency room, he or she just might need surgery--therefore, they need to be NPO! When did this trend start of having to bring trays on demand or pass our sandwiches, cookies, sodas, etc? What an incredible waste of money!

    Is this food added to the patient's bill, or is is all just freebies? Part of hospital P.R.?

    Of course, I guess the whoile point of this thread is the people who are NOT sick but use the ER as a convenience clinic, or as a place to get an easy meal. But is there a rule that says you must accomodate them?

    Man, I'm glad I work in the O.R. I'd quickly lose patience with that kind of nonsense.


    I agree with you wholeheartedly. I don't know about you, but when I am sick, the last thing I can think of is food. Technically, we are only responsible for feeding the admitted pts. But nowadays, people feel so ENTITLED and are so demanding and the ER is so abused that it seems as though we are feeding everyone who walks in the door. I was working last week and a woman who was there for asthma(NOT admitted) says, " EXCUSE me...I ordered food for me and my son an HOUR ago and I never got it," ***** I didn't know who annoyed me more....the rude woman or the employee that ordered the trays for her AND her kid. And she was discharged 20 minutes later. Of course, we had to let her finish eating first. :angryfire
  3. by   Iam46yearsold
    Welcome to Dennys

    Personally, I think they need a taco bell next to every ER

    Not for me, I never eat Taco Bell. but for others
  4. by   Looking4Seaglass
    Quote from judy ann
    Denver Health (Denver General Hospital) has a McDonalds in the lobby, or had one the last time I was there. I do not know, however, who paid for the food.
    At one time a hospital near me had a McDonalds as well in the lobby. Then, the Cardiac Surgeons and Pulmonologists took issue because it's a hospital for goodness sake......And fast food is the worst for both of those docs to deal with.....McDonalds is gone...yeah!!!!!!
  5. by   nuangel1
    oh boy i see its the same everywhere .feeding someone in my ed isnot my priority.if pt can eat we order a meal from cafe .but i am not a waitress. all we have in our pt fridge is a few <6 sandwiches juicesand soda.crackers jello and cereal. don't like that sorry.once the sandwiches are gone we don't get more till next day .our cafe is only open 8-10 am 12 -3 pm and 6-8pm after that there is vending machines.if your not the pt i don't feed you.if u come in with abd pain ortho ?surgery you don't eat at all.its not a mateer of compassion etc it is fact.
  6. by   rjflyn
    The University of Michigan hospital use to have a Wendy's in it. When the contract ran out though the felt better to have more healthy options so the chose to use the area for other vendors. I think they now have a bagel place and a coffee place.

    All I know is it was great to be able to get something hot at 2AM when you yourself were starving at that hour. It still didn' t stop the DB's from begging turkey sandwiches.
  7. by   Iam46yearsold
    We have a frulatti's now. But they are too pricey for most people. They might be healthier, but they really are not as good as they think of themselves
  8. by   RN BSN 2009
    Quote from rjflyn
    The University of Michigan hospital use to have a Wendy's in it. When the contract ran out though the felt better to have more healthy options so the chose to use the area for other vendors. I think they now have a bagel place and a coffee place.

    All I know is it was great to be able to get something hot at 2AM when you yourself were starving at that hour. It still didn' t stop the DB's from begging turkey sandwiches.
    I don't see how they are fixing things, there is still a burger place in there, where you can get burgers, fries, onion rings and chicken fingers.

    They do have sushi across the way, though!
  9. by   lpnstudentin2010
    I know the (r@p that nurses deal with. at my hospital, the patient calls the kitchen themselves (between certian hours). If it is not those hours yes i do ask the nurse to get something from the kitchen, but i also say to her why dont you get a few so that i do not have to bother you later if i get hungry again. so they will bring me 3-4 little cans of gingerale and a handful of saltines. and that keeps me happy for hours. Also my nurses usually realize that i only ask SINCE I AM TIED TO AN IV ATTACHED TO MY BED and my parents arnt there.

    this is not to say that you are horrible people for getting frustrated. I know that alot of patients are totally stupid, and want food even if they are puking/waiting for surgery in which case they absolutly can not eat.
  10. by   rjflyn
    Quote from iceyspots
    I don't see how they are fixing things, there is still a burger place in there, where you can get burgers, fries, onion rings and chicken fingers.

    They do have sushi across the way, though!
    Yeah I know but getting rid of the obvious greasy burger joint and just having them in your cafeteria is a start. I can remember the 2 AM option was the vend-a-bait machine, Wendy's or something from home. I for one was eating way to much of that crap.

    Rj
  11. by   sweetsounds
    Quote from JustaPatient
    I know the (r@p that nurses deal with. at my hospital, the patient calls the kitchen themselves (between certian hours). If it is not those hours yes i do ask the nurse to get something from the kitchen, but i also say to her why dont you get a few so that i do not have to bother you later if i get hungry again. so they will bring me 3-4 little cans of gingerale and a handful of saltines. and that keeps me happy for hours. Also my nurses usually realize that i only ask SINCE I AM TIED TO AN IV ATTACHED TO MY BED and my parents arnt there.

    this is not to say that you are horrible people for getting frustrated. I know that alot of patients are totally stupid, and want food even if they are puking/waiting for surgery in which case they absolutly can not eat.

    WHAT?????
    When a pt has been around the block a few times, let them adapt...
    I have been the pt several times so, I know what I'm talking about. If the kitchen is closed, so to speak, and u are ill, go to sleep!!!
    I have worked nights forEVER and I don't expect any sucha thing.
    Go ahead and flame me (if it makes you feel better.)
  12. by   lpnstudentin2010
    Quote from sweetsounds
    WHAT?????
    When a pt has been around the block a few times, let them adapt...
    I have been the pt several times so, I know what I'm talking about. If the kitchen is closed, so to speak, and u are ill, go to sleep!!!
    I have worked nights forEVER and I don't expect any sucha thing.
    Go ahead and flame me (if it makes you feel better.)

    i have been a patient a "few" times. I think 13 surgeries counts as that.

    the kitchen is open from 8-10, 1-2, 5:30-7.


    They have VERY set hours. You need to put your order in the meal AHEAD. i will sometimes get hungry in those in between times. I guess I am a horrible horrible person. I am usually there after surgeries to have tumor removed from my HEAD they need to watch for bleeding, do neuro checks, and watch for infection. THAT is why i am in the hospital.


    and by the way the 3-4 cans and handful of saltines usually lasts me the rest of the day and part of the next.
  13. by   sweetsounds
    And now I say "take a breath..."
    So was your comment constructive or a complaint?

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