Patient Dies in Horrible Elevator Accident - page 3

I apologize if this has already been posted. I did a search and couldn't find anything. This has got to be THE most horrible hospital related accident I've ever heard of. From The... Read More

  1. by   TracyB,RN
    Phfffftththhth to all my pals who tease me about my "irrational fear" of elevators. Maybe it is really a 6th sense or something.
    Soooooo glad I work in a one story building now.
  2. by   Rustyhammer
    I can't even remember the last time I rode an elevator.
    Dying in an elevator. What a way to get the shaft.
  3. by   Celiabs
    Movement of any kind--whether by elevator, escalator or stairs-- is dangerous and should be avoided in my opinion

    I've always heard that escalators are more dangerous than elevators. Locally a kid got her long jeans caught in a department store escalator and had her foot sucked into the mechanism. Cut off before they were able to stop the thing. (a great campfire story!)

    Beware of escalators with large crowds getting on at once. Someone falls on the other end and people get trampled. Just like a rock concert.

    Kids get killed frequently sliding down staircase railings. Happened recently at a Chicago museum. Fell 30 feet to a marble floor.

    Of course, if you had remained on the ground floor, she might have landed on you!

    Yes, elevators seem most dangerous when they're not there. I used to park in a garage where an attendent walked into a darkened elevator car...which turned out to be just a dark shaft. He was dead when they found him...days later.
  4. by   mother/babyRN
    Taking the stairs for sure next time..
  5. by   GI Issue Nurse
    Originally posted by SmilingBluEyes
    Can't take the stairs to my unit----they are locked. I HATE ELEVATORS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    JCAHO & OSHA may have a thing or two to say about the stairway door being locked! The only doors that are suppose to be locked are doors that do not lead to an egress from the building or doors leading out of a locked down psych unit.
  6. by   FutureNurse2005
    I always avoid elevators...and now I am certain that I will always use the stairs!!

    That is just horrible and my heart goes out to the family

    Hugs to everyone and remember to be careful out there!!