What do you do if the parents are not there?
When my son was about 3, he had an overnight stay p/op. He had had a laser excision of a subglotal cyst, tonsillectomy, and maybe eartubes, I forget. He was supposed to have cool mist air tent. There was no air outlet in the room, only O2, but he didn't need that, so they put an air compressor in the room. He was in a crib, supposedly sitting up. He sleeps prone. The nurse would roll the HOB straight up, and he'd slide down til his face was against the plastic, so I'd put the bed down considerably, he'd sleep til the nurse came in and we'd start all over again.
We had come in early, and my mother came for a while. I went to eat about 3pm, and then my mother went home. They gave me a broken banana lounger to sleep on, and I tried to sleep on that thing with the air compressor next to my head.
Next morning, I tried to feed him breakfast, but he wasn't having any. It's now about 9am, I've seen the nurse once. I can't leave him in that crib, he'll climb out and kill himself (he's a bit retarded, so I can't expect him to stay there for long), not to mention the IV's still in, I'm exhausted, and HUNGRY, and did I mention crabby? I dash down to the nurses' station, and ask for someone to watch him so I can get something to eat and wash my face and hands?
You'd have thought I'd asked for world peace. Finally, they said they would and came and got him. He still has not had anything to drink, doesn't even want a popsicle, and the fact that his IV is sort of bent sideways doesn't seem to worry them too much.
I got back in less than 20 minutes, he was in one of those tables w/a hole and seat in the middle of it, try to get out, all by himself in a staff room behind the nurses station, with a HUGE open glass of orange juice in front of him! He just had his tonsils out the day before!!!!
Actually, by that time, it was not in front of him, it was all over him.
My point being--well, I'm not sure I have one, except that parents can get taken advantage of, too! There's got to be a happy medium here somewhere.