Posted by: Kate | April 16, 2008

That Might Be Weird

In the hospital where I work, there is a little display table set up in the secondary lobby.  It’s not a lobby where anyone actually sits and waits, because it’s not near the main doors.  It’s just sort of an open area near the elevators, and occasionally they set up poster boards about awards or conferences, primarily aimed toward employees.

Today, the table has poster boards and even a continuous-feed video, as well as brochures and booklets.  The topic:  Advance Directives and Do Not Resuscitate Orders. 

A little creepy, to be sure, since there’s so little patient traffic right there; it makes me wonder if they know something about the general employee population that I don’t know. 

But even more bizarre to me is the fact that, next to the table, there is a station for chair massages (those that you get while seated in a chair, not an effort to relax and comfort your actual office furniture) and a large bowl of mints.  There’s no indication that those are set up for any purpose other than to make you feel warm and fuzzy, with nice fresh breath, when you decide to sign your DNR order.

I don’t know.  It’s weird to me.



  1. I guess they don’t want the emotional pressure of signing a DNR order to leave a bad taste in anyone’s mouth.

  2. Why it’s not just you: Recall — or check it out if you haven’t seen it — the movie Soylent Green. It’s about a dytopia where people can voluntarily have themselves euthanized. Among other things, they sit in a chair that is a more elaborate version of what you’re describing. The title refers to — no, I’m not going to ruin it for you.

  3. Soylent Green is people! Soylent Green is people!

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