Target: Howard R. Grant, J.D., M.D., President of Lahey Clinic
Goal: Provide a guest seat in emergency room (ER) treatment rooms.
It’s generally well known by the American public that hospitals, floors in particular, are a breeding ground for drug-resistant germs. A recent study found a high percentages of the often-deadly MRSA virus in 95% of hospital rooms. No one goes to the hospital to get sick and no one accompanying a loved one to the emergency rooms wants to get sick or bring illness home.
Whether or not it’s possible to rid hospital rooms of germs is a matter of debate. However, given the germ prevalence, some simple precautions can be taken, such as providing a guest chair in ER exam rooms. It’s incredibly difficult to provide the love and support an ill person needs when there’s no chair to sit on and when the floor is contaminated with germs. Most emergency room visits last several hours. It is ridiculous to expect a loved one to stand for that length of time and still remain helpful and supportive.
Cheap folding chairs can be purchased in bulk and would significantly enhance the emergency room experience for both patients and loved ones. Chairs would also aide the reduction of spreading drug-resistant and possibly deadly diseases. Protect patients’ loved ones from suffering and illness by putting a guest chair in emergency room exam rooms.
Dear Dr. Grant,
The Lahey Clinic is renowned for being one of the best hospitals in the area but I can’t help but raise questions when one learns of the apparent lack of concern for patients’ loved ones. You do not provide a chair in ER exam rooms, forcing guests to sit on germ-infested floors. In addition, if a clinic of such renown has this problem, one must assume that many other emergency rooms across the country share the same fate.
Emergency room visits are long and stressful for both patient and loved one. The last thing anyone wants to be worrying about is if they may contract or bring home a drug-resistant illness. Loved ones also want to be able to provide much-needed support and care during the many hours of a long, nerve-wracking visit.
As the incredibly well-educated head of Lahey Clinic, you must agree that the simple step of adding a cheap folding chair to each emergency room exam room would not only greatly enhance the experience for all involved but also significantly reduce the spread of illness and disease. Expecting a loved one to stand for multiple hours during a typical ER visit is inhumane. This could potentially spread illnesses, such as MRSA. A lack of a chair is unethical at best. We demand that a guest chair be added to each exam room in the ER immediately and that you work with fellow hospital heads to correct this issue in any other hospitals where it may exist.
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