OP-ED “Hospitals”: Florence Nightingale

As of late, an acquaintance has taken up the occupation of creating a thing she calls a “time machine.” The opportunity has presented itself to me that I could take a journey in this device, graciously allowed by this acquaintance, whom I will refer to as Ms. L. The journey was prepared with a singular destination in mind, the early twenty-first century. Having a previous experience with the device, Ms. L was determined to demonstrate the characteristics of this time period in particular. She took us to our destination, in front of a building that looked like a castle made of glass. After leaving the machine, we entered into the building, which was very open and all right angles. After a short time of looking around, I discovered several apparatus that seemed to have remained intact since the time we had left from, instruments like forceps and scalpels, but there were many other instruments that appeared to serve different purposes entirely. There were electrical engines that appeared to dispense fluids to patients, gases and vacuum delivery systems, but strangely no piping for fresh air, although most of the patients had windows in their rooms. That was a fascinating development, where one patient was given their own room, separated from the others for the isolation of their particular disease. What fascinated me the most was the machines that seemed to occupy every room in many forms. These machines would be attached to the patient, and from that attachment record data from each patient. Data such as heart rate, oxygenation, and several other numbers that I suspect haven’t even been touched by the medical community yet. I tried to record as much as I could in a notebook, to bring some of this knowledge back to the service of our country. How much better could our hospitals be, if we had access to this kind of personal attention and recording of every wounded soldier? The mortality would be significantly less, and the recovery rates much faster. It was a very enlightening excursion, and I would like to thank Ms. L for this opportunity. I think with this knowledge I can see to the improvement of our hospitals in a great way, and do a great service to our brave young English men.

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