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Will hospitals ever update their televsions in patients rooms?

Asked by john65pennington (29182points) April 15th, 2010

I just had neck surgery at a well-known hospital in my city. my hospital stay was the best. doctors and nurses treated me like a king and i thank them for that. i was amazed that this hospital had outdated televisions in all the rooms. some tvs go back to the late 80s. i know the old saying. “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it”. i also realize that new televisions would mean higher hospital stays for all of us. but, sooner or later, the antique televisions are going to die and then what? will tvs be eliminated altogether? i know this is not a high priority on the list for hospitals, but lets face it, when recovering in a hospital room and you have no company, the tv is all thats left for entertainment. i thought my vision of the tv screen in my room was from the pain medicene i was receiving. not so, Opry Winfrey had a red face and the rain outside appeared to be a blizzard. am i blowing this out of proportion?

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mrentropy's avatar

The hospitals that my wife had the misfortune of being in all had LCD (or plasma or whatever), TVs. They were small and crappy, but they were fairly recent.

jca's avatar

i was in a hospital about two years ago and i don’t remember the TV – i was so busy with computer, magazines, phone, etc. however, someone i work with just had a baby at Greenwich Hospital in Greenwich CT, which is a very affluent town and she said the rooms all had flat screens in them.

stranger_in_a_strange_land's avatar

I had the opposite problem. I despise the idiot box and the nurses kept “helpfully” turning it on. Later I found that I was charged for having the damned thing in the room even though I had asked for it to be removed.

CMaz's avatar

“if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it”.

The hospital is for keeping you alive. The TV is to kill time.

Seek's avatar

The only time I’ve ever been in hospital was when I was in labor with my son.

They couldn’t even give me a good channel to watch. There were, I think, seven channels? and two of them were Home Shopping Network and QVC. It was the middle of August, and I couldn’t even find a baseball game. Utterly redonkulous. Here I am, writhing in pain for 37 hours, then trying to recover from a haemorrhage that needed two blood transfusions to fix, and I can’t even watch TV. Grr!

Captain_Fantasy's avatar

Hospitals don’t have a lot of cash to send on tv’s these days. Hospitals are already short staffed due budget problems.

thriftymaid's avatar

I wouldn’t care if the TVs were tube or flat screen. There is no need for all of them to be replaced until they stop working. I would think it wasteful—in fact, the hospital I would use if I needed one has already replaced all of them which struck me as wasteful. My mother was there last summer.

casheroo's avatar

I find that as long as it works, then I’m happy.

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