Wednesday, 21 December 2011

Security Theatre in the Hospital

I was listening to the radio this morning and heard this story about how the local children's hospital is reducing waste.

One of the things they are removing from the emergency rooms is the paper that lays across the examination tables.

An emergency room doctor explained that the paper doesn't really contribute to the infection control program at the hospital, it's only really there for patient peace of mind.   You know, so it looks clean and fresh, and through its use, convinces us that the room is clean.

Sounds a lot like security theatre.

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