This morning I was laying still at the hospital during my tests in radiology. I had a few random thoughts about plastic based on a my observations and inability to move for 40 minutes.
- The hospital uses a lot of plastic and nothing seems to be recycled.
- the medical ID card I needed at check-in
- the “bracelet” they put on you
- the IV tubing and syringes to inject the chemicals for my test
- how much of the plastic chemicals were leached from the tubing and syringe before injection into my body??
- the EKG leads
- shouldn’t the medical industry figure out a way to repurpose/recycle some of these “disposable” items??
- Are they worried about disease transmission if they recycle? If I remember correctly, to “melt” the plastics requires a much higher temperature than anything could live.
- The scanning machine was basically all plastic. I’m sure there was some metal in there somewhere but I couldn’t see it.
- Food and Beverages
- The mandatory cookies I had to eat were wrapped in plastic
- The plastic beverage cup I purchased to wash down the cookies was plastic.
- Not sure which annoyed me more – being told to eat cookies for breakfast or having to pay for a beverage to go with it. There wasn’t a drinking fountain anywhere to be seen!
- Did drinking fountains become obsolete in public? I have many at my work site, but rarely look for them elsewhere.
- Have the hospitals eliminated them to prevent the spread of diseases??
- My required water just before the test was in a large (maybe 32 oz) styrofoam. They filled it about a quarter of the way up. I just added it to the iced tea I purchased at the coffee corner.
- I thought styrofoam was worse than other plastics – guess I need to do some research.
- Papers – now here is the irony!
- They had me read the required warnings in a plastic wrapped paper.
- I signed on a small pad connected to the computer
- I wasn’t given a copy. When I asked for one “we are trying to cut down on our paper usage to save the environment.”
- So they won’t give me a copy for “environmental” reasons but they don’t recycle the plastics???
OK rant over!