The Hospital Experience

Have you ever noticed that it is often freezing cold in the hospital? Especially if you go to the emergency room for some reason, you better stop and get a jacket or a sweater before you drive there.

If you have to take an ambulance, you are going to be cold unless they give you a blanket straight from the blanket heater.

Anyway, I recently had to go to the ER with a friend of mine, oh, and let me tell you they must have their AC thermostat set to 40 degrees or something. It was so cold in there, and when you walk outside the thermostat was in the 80s! It was quite a contrast. The nurses and doctors that were working in the ER were all wearing either a sweater or a jacket. I asked the woman behind the desk why they didn’t turn the AC thermostat up a little bit, because it was obvious that everyone was freezing. It turns out, though, that hospitals turn their air conditioning very cold in order to discourage the growth of germs and viruses.Doctors always wear those white coats, and they also often walk around quickly from room to room, so ordinarily they are not cold no matter where the AC thermostat is set. The nurses and other professionals who spend most of their time at a desk behind a computer, however, really would benefit from having the air conditioning a little bit warmer. I did notice that a couple of them had portable heaters plugged in down by their feet. They did tell me, though, they are really not supposed to do that.

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