Linda Vista Community Hospital

Now closed, this hospital acts as a location to film horror themed movies, T.V. shows and music videos. Movies and T.V shows like Buffy, Insidious 2, and Suicide Kings have been filmed here. It has also become the subject of several paranormal investigations.

5 Things Writers Get Wrong About Medical Care

I’m back and I’m here to talk about the nuances of sickfic.  Obviously there’s artistic license involved so I’m not gonna talk about disease processes but about those ever so important little background details.

1.  LOVED ONES ARE NOT ALLOWED IN THE ROOM DURING TREATMENT.  This mostly just goes for the critically ill but if your character is unconscious, or has undergone some sort of major trauma they will be told to go to the waiting room.  Use that to explore some really intense angst.  Trust me, it’s even more gut wrenching than watching the treatment.

2.  In hospital rooms, the machines don’t constantly beep.  The noisiest thing in the room would probably be a ventilator in the patient is intubated.  The only time the machines are supposed to make noise is when the vitals go above or below the establish limits, or when an IV pump is done infusing a medication.

3.  IV Access.  I’ve read a few fics where one character is a physician and is treating a character at home.  (Sherlock fic, I’m looking at you.)  Sometimes these treatments involve giving medications via IV at regular intervals.  No self-respecting medical professional is going to poke someone anew every few hours.  They will place an IV to do this.  Every time you access a vein you’re risking phlebitis, vein collapse, scarring and all that fun stuff.

Here’s a video demonstration of IV placement if you wanna see more about it.  (Though wtf using lidocaine for a measly 20G?)

4.  Seizures: they are much shorter than most people think.  Generally around 20-30 seconds, some up to a minute.  Any longer than that is somewhat unusual, though every person presents a bit differently.  When you pass the two minute mark is when you worry because during the whole seizure is not receiving oxygen.  Around 3-4 minutes is when brain death can begin if the appropriate care is not given.  Do not put anything in their mouths, and be sure to pad the head and put them on their sides.

 After a seizure, people don’t just magically come awake.  The brain “reboots” from the bottom up and this period of becoming aware is called a postictal state.  The first part of the brain to come back online is the “lizard brain” causing a fight or flight response.  Some people are very violent when still waking up, most just want to get away.  Generally the period is extreme confusion lasting 20 minutes or longer.  (Again varies from person to person.)

Partial Seizure progressing into Tonic Clonic

(The shouting is not from pain it is air being forced from the lungs due to contraction of respiratory muscles.)

5.  Pupillary reaction to drugs.  This is a big thing for me.  If your character is taking drugs know the physical signs!

Video of the details of the impact of drugs on pupil size.  Very short

Miosis:  Or pupil constriction.  Seen in opioid use.



Mydriasis: pupil dilation.  Seen in cocaine users, and any other stimulants such as meth.  Also known as “blown” pupils.  Blow out pupils are also a sign of severe head trauma.



In hospital rooms, the machines don’t constantly beep.  The noisiest thing in the room would probably be a ventilator in the patient is intubated.  The only time the machines are supposed to make noise is when the vitals go above or below the establish limits, or when an IV pump is done infusing a medication.

Again, if you think I got anything wrong, or have anything you want to add, please do!

A Copper Bedrail Could Cut Back On Infections For Hospital Patients

Checking into a hospital can boost your chances of infection. That’s a disturbing paradox of modern medical care.

And it doesn’t matter where in the world you’re hospitalized. From the finest to the most rudimentary medical facilities, patients are vulnerable to new infections that have nothing to do with their original medical problem. These are referred to as healthcare-acquired infections, healthcare-associated infections or hospital-acquired infections. Many of them, like pneumonia or methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), can be deadly.

The World Health Organization estimates that “each year, hundreds of millions of patients around the world are affected” by healthcare-acquired infections. In the United States, the Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion in the Health and Human Services Department estimates that 1 in 25 inpatients has a hospital-related infection. In developing countries, estimates run higher.

Hospital bed safety railings are a major source of these infections. That’s what Constanza Correa, 33, and her colleagues have found in their research in Santiago, Chile. They’ve taken on the problem by replacing them, since 2013, with railings made of copper, an anti-microbial element.

Copper definitely wipes out microbes. “Bacteria, yeasts and viruses are rapidly killed on metallic copper surfaces, and the term “contact killing” has been coined for this process,” wrote the authors of an article on copper inApplied and Environmental Microbiology. That knowledge has been around a very long time. The journal article cites an Egyptian medical text, written around 2600-2000 B.C., that cites the use of copper to sterilize chest wounds and drinking water.

Continue reading.

Photo: A copper bedrail can kill germs on contact. (Courtesy of CopperBioHealth)


Abandoned Glenn Dale Hospital - Maryland

Glenn Dale Sanatorium opened in the early 1930’s to help shelter both adult and child tuberculosis patients in the D.C. area. The grounds were equipped with playgrounds, areas for sunbathing (due to the belief that sun exposure could help cure the disease), morgues, and rooms for quarantining patients. 

The hospital operated for nearly 50 years before closing in 1982.

According to one local legend, “The Goatman”, a half-man, half-goat experiment gone wrong roams the woods surrounding the abandoned Glenn Dale at night. 

Other, more gruesome legends say that in the 60’s, doctors locked the doors and left TB patients to die in their rooms due to a massive outbreak. Another claims that in the 1970’s, Glenn Dale was converted into a mental asylum until patients began murdering hospital staff.


"Ever been so depressed it felt as if every nerve ending in your body was exposed, red, and raw?"

THIS IS AN ANIMATED SHORT That I made about doctors and medicine and stuff. It is a comedy. Even though it may seem like it is trying to make a big profound point, the main thing is the humour…..I think. I didn’t try and make some satire of healthcare or the NHS, I just came up with some silly ideas and made them into a cartoon inspired by multiple visits to the doctor that were getting me absolutely nowhere. Some bits are loosely based on experience but most is just made up for giggles. If you see some deeper meaning, then that’s great, it’s different for everyone, and who knows what my subconscious is throwing at me when I am writing ideas down… if you just see a bunch of random meaningless crap, that is fine too - I see that when looking at lots of art. I just made it for you all to watch. Nothing else.

watch it here

Gene-Swapping Plasmids Aid Antibiotic Resistance in Hospitals

Bacteria appear to be swapping antibiotic-resistance genes through mobile pieces of circular DNA called plasmids, and this exchange may be contributing to the alarming rise of antibiotic-resistant bacteria in hospitals. To understand how these plasmids move between bacterial species in a hospital setting, Karen Frank, Tara Palmore, Julie Segre and colleagues spent two years taking environmental samples and surveillance cultures from over one thousand patients at the National Institutes of Health Clinical Center. Over this two-year period they identified 10 patients who harbored carbapenem-resistant bacteria. Using a relatively new technology called long-read genome sequencing to decode and compare plasmid genomes, the NIH team discovered that plasmid-carrying bacteria are exchanging antibiotic-resistant genes in the biofilms of sink drains. However, they do not have any evidence of transfer of bacteria from the sink to any of the patients. The authors note that patients who carry the bacteria may not be sick, but can still pass carbapenem-resistant bacteria onto others. The study offers evidence that plasmid transfer in healthcare settings is likely aiding the increase in antibiotic-resistant bacteria.

Read more about this research from the 17 September issue of Science Translational Medicine here.

[Image courtesy of Darryl Leja, NHGRI/NIH. Please click here for more information.]

© 2014 American Association for the Advancement of Science. All Rights Reserved.

Do you know what I don't get?

TV Shows/Movies where the couple is lying together in the hospital bed?

Like do you not understand that tubes exist?

IVs? Heart monitors? Oxygen cannulas? Feeding tubes? Etc.

Do you not understand that you would be lying on these tubes?

And that doing so would cause various things to beep?

anonymous asked:

~~URGENT~~ Please Momma, sombody I don't know what to do!! I've been sick for a long time and the test results came back and I have cancer and its really really really bad. The only thing I have from my family is insurance, no support or acknowledgement or anything and my friends up and left because they don't want to "catch it" please I am so scared and I don't know what to do. My doctor says I don't have more than a year and I don't want to die alone. Oh god please I am so scared!!!

 Darling, what your family is doing is disgusting

 You cannot “catch” cancer. It is not contagious. Educate your friends and and family if you must, but if they’re going to leave you in your hour of need, it sounds like you need new friends, dear.

 M.O.D.’s aunt had cancer when he was very young, and his uncle had it a few years ago. His family members had always been by their side when they needed them. 

 Find Cancer Support Groups in your area, or even find ones online. Talk to your doctor, and please, PLEASE take care of yourself.

 You can get better, we all believe in you.

Israel launched a 7-hour campaign of intensive bombing of Gaza on Tuesday, destroying its only power plant. Gaza can no longer generate its own electricity. Without electricity, the water purification plants cannot operate and the drinking water ends up being mixed with sewage or salt water. Without electricity, patients on life support in the hospitals just die, even if Israel does not bomb the hospital, as it has in some instances.
Urgent Prayer Request

So, I usually attend Mass at a little chapel inside a continuing-care hospital for medical fragile people with complex medical needs. Yesterday (Dec. 21), though, Mass was cancelled. Apparently, there’s been a respiratory infection outbreak in the hospital. Now, from what I can cobble together, it’s probably an outbreak of the flu (I volunteer at the hospital as well as attend Mass there, and I got a call from one of my supervisors asking me if I had gotten my flu shot, and when I said I had, she said I was clear to go in tomorrow). For most people with non-compromised immune systems, this isn’t a huge deal — maybe an inconvenience, but usually nothing gravely serious. However, for most of the residents of this facility, an outbreak of the flu poses a major health threat. The second floor of the hospital has apparently been effectively put on lockdown (for tomorrow’s recreation activity, we’ll only be taking residents from the third floor, and we won’t be going onto the second because that’s where the infection is located), and any/all Masses are cancelled until further notice — which probably includes the Christmas Mass.

TL;DR: Hundreds of medically fragile people in my community are at risk because of an infectious outbreak, and they might not be able to have a Christmas Mass. 

So please, pray for these people, their families, their loved ones, and the facility workers; please pray for their health and that their Christmas may still be full of grace, wonder, and holiness.

Thank you, and may God Bless you and Keep you.

Nobody wants to read about a sick child.

AKA: The problem with this new romanticized-illnesses genre.


Nobody wants to read about a sick child.

Nobody wants to read about a child puking.

Nobody wants to read about a child with tubes in their arms, mouth, nose, etc.

Nobody wants to read about a child waking up at midnight as the nurse loudly enters the room to check on their vitals.

Nobody wants to read about a child with pale, clammy, skin…with greasy hair…with a hospital gown that’s barely clinging to their shoulders…because with everything going on, they don’t really give a damn about what they look like

Nobody wants to read about a child losing control of their bladder or bowels

And I guarantee that by now, at least ¾ of the people reading this are uncomfortably squirming

Because nobody wants to read about it

And nobody wants to read about a child questioning if they’re going to be okay

Nobody wants to read about a child experiencing wave after wave of nauseating pain, but when the nurse points to that chart with the scale on it, the child weakly replies that it’s only a 7/10.

Nobody wants to read about the child who has been through numerous surgeries, numerous diagnoses, numerous doctors…

Nobody wants to read about a child who spends more time at the hospital than at school

Nobody wants to read about a child who’s dying…

And so we don’t.

We don’t read stories about them.

We don’t even write stories about them.

Instead, we write romanticized stories about illnesses

Where patients become friends and teenagers fall in love and families come together

Where hospitals look like an Ikea showroom

Where miracles happen every day

And if you like those stories…

That’s fine.

But as you’re all reading/watching these romanticized tales, there are children out there – real children – whose real stories are going to be untold.

Because nobody wants to read about them