For some reason, a hospital I worked at gave patients and families total access to the kitchen on L&D. After dietary would stock it, you'd better stand out of the way, baby, or you'd get trampled by the families in the rush to grab what they could. Just like a horde of locusts. Staff was not allowed to say anything. The nurses would be upset because there would be little left for other patients.Those people didn't care if there was anything left for anyone else, as long as they got as many juices, sodas, and anything else that was portable. I haven't worked there for several years, but doubted if that little 'home-like' marketing ploy stayed in place for long. Can you imagine what that departments budget must have looked like?
When I worked in ED, we had to be careful to not let suture sets out of our sight, because the hemostats apparently made good roach clips. I've had patients take the BP cuffs that connect to wall units. They were absolutely useless to them. The worst ones for stealing were the patients who would say "Hey, why can't I have that? I paid for it!" when they were 'self pay', which meant most of them would never think twice about paying a dime. I don't care if they take single use items, as they are theirs.But I sure don't leave any extra towels and washcloths in the room.