In 1915–1917 during the First World War, the state rooms of the Winter Palace housed the Tsesarevich Alexei Nikolayevich Hospital.

From 1904 the Winter Palace effectively ceased to be an official Imperial residence and was only used for ceremonies. Nicholas II preferred to live at the Alexander Palace in Tsarskoye Selo. After World War I broke out, the interiors of the Winter Palace changed radically. For instance, in October 1915, empty state rooms were used to house the Tsesarevich Alexei Nikolayevich Hospital, which continued in existence until November 1917.

Beds for wards now filled the Nevsky Suite, running between the Field marshals’ Hall and the Malachite Room, and the Alexander and Picket Halls. The Field marshals’ Hall housed a dressing station while the Armorial Hall with its richly gilded columns became an operating-room. Doctors on duty were accommodated in the Memorial Hall of Peter the Great, hospital attendants in the galleries of the Nicholas Hall and the Anteroom, and nurses in the guest rooms. The Military Gallery of 1812 served as a medical store room. The vestibule of the Main Staircase was used as a dining-room, while its landings served as the head physician’s room, reception room, laboratory and X-ray room.

Most of the contents of the Museum meanwhile, had been sent to Moscow for safety. As the First World War turned into a Civil War in Russia, and the front came ever closer to the city (named Petrograd between 1914 and 1924 as a reaction against the Germanic name Saint Petersburg), it was not until 1921 that the collections were returned. {Source}

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.

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

Hospitals are one of the worst places to try to get a good night’s sleep, just when you need it the most. But what if we looked at a night in the hospital as a long overseas flight? As you settle in, they hand out eye masks and earplugs. And you cleverly brought along melatonin, the sleep-regulating hormone sold at drugstores everywhere.

Researchers in China tested just that, and found that eye masks, earplugs and melatonin all helped. But melatonin helped the most.

They tested them by creating a fake intensive care unit with noise and lights, and getting 40 healthy adults to sleep in it. With the noise and lights off, their melatonin levels rose sharply until about 4 am, which is typical of a normal sleep cycle. They snoozed happily.

For A Good Snooze, Take One Melatonin, Add Eye Mask And Earplugs

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Sorry GOP, Obamacare Keeps Getting Better- It Saved Hospitals BILLIONS Last Year

Sorry GOP, Obamacare Keeps Getting Better- It Saved Hospitals BILLIONS Last Year

Ever since the Affordable Care Act (ACA) became law, Republicans have been crying, screaming and stomping their feet like unruly toddlers. Their temper tantrum has resulted in more than 50 anti-Obamacare votes in the House since 2011.

They don’t seem to care that repealing Obamacare would add $210 billion to the federal deficit, leave 16.4 millionwithout insurance and deprive us of the ACA’s many…

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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.]

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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?

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


According to surveys by the Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), there are more than 35,000 back and other injuries among nursing employees every year, severe enough that they have to miss work.

Nursing assistants and orderlies each suffer roughly three times the rate of back and other musculoskeletal injuries as construction laborers.

In terms of sheer number of these injuries, BLS data show that nursing assistants are injured more than any other occupation, followed by warehouse workers, truckers, stock clerks and registered nurses.

The number one reason why nursing employees get these injuries is by doing their everyday jobs of moving and lifting patients.

Hospitals Fail To Protect Nursing Staff From Becoming Patients

Photo credit: Talia Herman for NPR, (x-ray) Daniel Zwerdling/NPR

I want my oitbb esqu tv show about a group of American teens in a psychiatric hospital so bad. I want it written, directed and casted by neurodivergent people. I want the characters to almost all be queer,poor poc that have no family but the makeshift one they form. I want it to show the abusers that work in those fields and the dismal state of America’s mental health situation. I just want this tv show so dang bad!!!

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

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.