PEANUT-NUT FREE EMERGENCY ROOMS

Posted on: Wed, 06/19/2002 - 2:55am
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pIt truly bothers me that Emergency Rooms at any of the hospitals in my area (and as far as I know world-wide) are not peanut\nut free. They really should be! I have tried to get this implemented in my home town but to no avail. I have always kept my child on my lap the entire time that we are waiting and I'm obviously not going to be able to do that forever. I also have had to ask them to find an alternate place for my son and I to wait because another child was eating a Reese's peanut butter cup (from the vending machine)in the waiting room.br /
I just think the hospital of all places should be a safe zone for all. I don't know how they can justify going scent-free but not peanut\nut free.br /
I would love to know what you all think about this...?/p

Posted on: Wed, 06/19/2002 - 3:24am
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I totally agree with you. When I had my second child, I passed by the nursing station and noticed that she was eating a snickers bar. I told her about my allergy and she went and washed up. It is really annoying. I honestly don't know what can be done, short of asking them to voluntarily refrain from allowing their vending machines to be stocked with these products. Usually they are in the pharmacy and gift shop as well.
Amy

Posted on: Wed, 06/19/2002 - 4:09am
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There should be specified eating areas in hospitals. Waiting areas for the patients and examining areas should be food-free (not just peanut-free.) Besides the allergic danger, it is disgusting to sit or stand on other peoples food debris.

Posted on: Wed, 06/19/2002 - 5:33am
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Hi there,
I would at least ask for a safe place to wait especially if you had a moving toddler or asthmatic child. This is vital if you see someone eating peanuts around you !!!!
Kim

Posted on: Wed, 06/19/2002 - 7:03am
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Our local hospital has no food vending machines in the ER, only coffee and soft drinks.
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Cheryl, mom to Jason (4) and Joey (2)

Posted on: Wed, 06/26/2002 - 11:37am
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Quote:Originally posted by Annshel:
[b]I don't know how they can justify going scent-free but not peanut\nut free.
I would love to know what you all think about this...? [/b]
There's someone allergic to practically everything out there. It is ridiculous to expect an emergency room to be free of everything that anyone could possible have a reaction to. Especially when the allergen effects such a small portion of the population.
Also, if you simply mention any allergies you have to the staff upon arrival (which you should do anyway) you shouldn't have to worry about contact with penuts or peanut oil any more than you would have to worry about coming into contact with other biological unpleasentries in a hospital.

Posted on: Wed, 06/26/2002 - 6:04pm
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Are the last three people that posted from the Georgia peanut board?

Posted on: Wed, 06/26/2002 - 10:23pm
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[quote]Originally posted by Mr. Peanut:
[B] There's someone allergic to practically everything out there. It is ridiculous to expect an emergency room to be free of everything that anyone could possible have a reaction to. Especially when the allergen effects such a small portion of the population.
--First of all, you obviously don't have life threatening allergies because if you or someone you cared about were one of the "small population" you would feel differently. Does this make them less important?? Also, having the emerg room peanut\nut free does not limit my child's risk completely, it just lessens it somewhat.
[quote]Originally post by Mr. Peanut:
Also, if you simply mention any allergies you have to the staff upon arrival (which you should do anyway) you shouldn't have to worry about contact with penuts or peanut oil any more than you would have to worry about coming into contact with other biological unpleasentries in a hospital.
--Obviously I definitely find an alternate place for us to wait (which I mentioned). But unfortunately some (even health professionals) are much like you--uneducated on this subject.

Posted on: Wed, 06/26/2002 - 10:41pm
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As for Token and Embrace-the-peanut, there is no use in trying to educate you because there appears "to be a wall". It would be interesting to know if either of you are parents and how tolerant you would be if the situation were reversed.

Posted on: Thu, 06/27/2002 - 2:24am
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Quote:Annshel, Destroyer of Peanuts, had this to say:[b]
--First of all, you obviously don't have life threatening allergies because if you or someone you cared about were one of the "small population" you would feel differently. Does this make them less important?? Also, having the emerg room peanut\nut free does not limit my child's risk completely, it just lessens it somewhat.
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I do have a life threatening allergy to several medications, and they are far more likely to find their way into an emergency room than a jar of Skippy.
Also, like I said before, there is a small percentage of the population that is allergic to practically everything. At some point, you have to realize that you can't protect everyone from everytrhing, and it falls upon those who have tha allergy to protect themselves.
Quote:[b]Obviously I definitely find an alternate place for us to wait (which I mentioned).[/b]
Now we're communicating!
Quote:[b]But unfortunately some (even health professionals) are much like you--uneducated on this subject[/b]
At least I am educated enough to know that there is no way that one could, or even [i]should[/i] expect the world to cater to the needs of every statistically insignificant group that can't come into contact with everyday items.
[This message has been edited by Mr. Peanut (edited June 27, 2002).]

Posted on: Thu, 06/27/2002 - 2:55am
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Sigh. I made what's known as "a joke."
Really. I do feel for you. But there is a limit to what the rest of the world needs to do to protect your kid.
If I was munching nuts at a ballgame, and you were cool about it and asked me to stop and explained why, I'd stop. If you screamed at me that I was thoughtlessly endangering your DD, I'd still stop, because it's not your kids fault you're psychotic, but you get an earful back.
As far as this thread goes, there should probably be a clean room for ER waiting rooms. But asking people to eat or drink nothing in an ER waiting room is unreasonable - I've spent wait times of upwards of 12 hours in them waiting on injured relations. Expecting people not to snack is a bit much, particularly since the condition is so rare.
The posts I read protesting pictures of peanuts in stores with "USA" on them bother me. The delight that a kid who wants to eat peanut butter would be more or less locked in a closet to do so bothers me.
I'm mostly responding to the complete intolerance I find in some of the posters here. Not all, but some. While your world may revolve around your child, the rest of ours do not, and is not obligated to. It's not your kids I have a problem with.

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