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.

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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.

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"Ever been so depressed it felt as if every nerve ending in your body was exposed, red, and raw?"
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There are 10 times as many mentally ill people in prisons than hospitals

A new report from the Treatment Advocacy Center says over 10 times as many mentally ill inmates are languishing in the nation’s prisons as are receiving treatment in American hospitals and mental health facilities. In 2012, a combined 35,000 patients were being treated or held in state psychiatric hospitals. But 356,000 of the mentally ill were in prison or jail. Forty-four of the 50 states, as well as the District of Columbia, have at least one jail that holds more inmates with severe mental illness in a correctional facility than they do in a treatment program.

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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.
on classist bullshit, part 2

Today I went to a new hair salon, where I met a charming beautician who had been in and out of the hair industry for years and years. During a recent out-time she worked housekeeping for the surgical wards at one of the local hospitals. 

She talked to me of the time and the care that it took to make everything clean. About how she hated the smell of MRSA. How it baffled her that not everyone could smell MRSA. Her scissors flew expertly as she detailed who she’d picked out to be her trauma surgeon, who would be her anesthesiologist, who was the best at small things like flu shots and IV access. She talked of who was nice, and who was not, and which wards had the best staff. Beautiful, detailed gossip as befits the barber’s chair. When I asked her why she left the hospital, the top problem on her list was the rampant classism she experienced. 

Despite the fact that this lovely woman was well educated in her field, with decades of experience in making people feel beautiful, despite the fact that she had owned a business prior to working in the hospital, despite the fact that she provided work that makes the hospital useable, people talked down to her. They called her names. They assumed she was stupid because she worked in housekeeping. They were inconsiderate. They pretended she didn’t exist.

You all know my feelings on classism by now, but let me reiterate why what I heard today is and will always be important: She is a human being. She was doing work she enjoyed at the hospital. Elitist dehumanizing techniques were a large part of what made her work so uncomfortable that she left her position. 

We can be the solution to this problem. Treat people as if they’re people, regardless of the position they hold in the workforce or the economy. 

The old 1910 quote starts the conversation we’ve all heard before:

He will show his goodness in the kindly consideration he shows those less favored than himself. It is the way one treats his inferiors more than the way he treats his equals which reveals one’s real character.

                                            -Rev. Charles Bayard Miliken

But the true end of this thought is that we must value people, regardless of their station in this class structure. All people have worth, and this worth is not dependent on the work that they do. 

Foreign Language Syndrome AU:

Character A was in a coma. When Character A comes out of it, they are speaking a different language and Character B is just nodding like they understand but they don’t really know what Character A is saying. Then a few days later Character A starts speaking normally again and doesn’t recall any of it.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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Did new dad capture ghost in photo taken at Coventry University Hospital?
Picture of empty ward shows mysterious figure at the end of long corridor

A spooky figure has been caught on camera in a deserted ward of the city’s main hospital.

David Deakin, 25, from Chapelfields, took this photo at University Hospital, in Walsgrave, at around 11.30pm on Tuesday – and reckons he’s caught a ghostly figure.

He insists he was alone in the corridor on the maternity ward at the time and now believes mysterious forces could be at work.

David, who was at the hospital while his fiancée Jo gave birth, said: “I think the figure is a woman. A ghost maybe, who knows?

“I took the photo in the labour ward main corridor.

“I was alone and the corridor reminded me of a game called ‘Fear 2’ which one level is set in a hospital and a crazy little girl attacks you.

“I looked at the photo an hour later when talking to the midwife and had to get everyone to check.

“Nobody believed me that I was alone but I wasn’t going to take a photo of a stranger in a hospital was I?

“I felt like someone was playing a prank on me and eventually laughed. It was still strangely unsettling.”

[Daniel Smith-COV, Coventry Telegraph]

Questions for Hospitals About Natural Birth Options

Needing certain medical interventions can definitely cramp your natural birth plan. However, there are ways that you can preserve your plan and still get the help you need.

  • Ask if you can use a hand-held fetal monitor so you don’t have to be strapped to one.
  • If you need doses of antibiotics, instead of being hooked up to an IV the entire time between doses ask if you can get a heparin lock, so the doctors have access to your vein but you’re still able to move.
  • Ask if you’ll have access to birth tubs or the shower before or during labor.
  • Ask about their rates of vaginal and unmedicated birth
  • Ask how many support people you can bring and if that includes a doula
  • Ask if there are squat bars you can use
  • Ask what the hospital’s policy about food and drink during labor are
  • Ask if it’s a teaching hospital and if you can not have any students present if that’s something that will distract or make you uncomfortable
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