Hospital Freebies

Lately I have been frequenting hospitals with my youngest (he has epilepsy, and has done a lot of tests!) Besides making a binder up for all his medical information (in case I need to repeat incidents/dosages of meds), I have seen how much hospitals DISPOSE of things like plastic washing tubs, medical equipment (scalpels, arm wraps, med dosage) and food! So my advice is. . . don't be afraid to ask! The arm wraps were used on my son so that he couldn't bend his elbows and wouldn't pull sensors off (soft fabric with velcro). When I commented how nice they were to have (instead of holding him down and making the situation worse), they said I could keep them because once they are used, they have to throw them away! Case in point: look at all the things you bring home after having a baby!

After a four day stay, I came home with diapers, wipes, soap, food condiments (sugar, cream, salt pepper, straws, cereal boxes) the arm wraps, a large wash basin, a sippy cup (I was also told by the nurses it would have been thrown, and it was a Name Brand, not the disposable kind that I brought with me and washed out)! If it seems questionable, don't be afraid! In fact, I received a lot of compliments on my frugalness, especially when I came in with my own medicine syringe and they were happy to see that I wouldn't throw/waste things.

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June 23, 20060 found this helpful

I totally agree w/you. There are so many items that are simply thrown away. I have used the plastic bed pans as a litter box for my two new kittens. It is the perfect size! I also use the bed pans to store small items like books and movies under my bed. The little scissors are great for sewing and there are so many other items you can reuse as well.

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June 23, 20060 found this helpful

Not only that...you are actually charged on your hospital bill for all those "freebies" anyway, so why not take them home. Anything that is in your room for your use cannot be used again after you leave, at least the way I understand it.

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June 24, 20060 found this helpful

I have always taken those hospital items....you've paid for it anyway (or your ins has!)....unless I just don't like it or have no use for it, I take it! The nurse's seem to encourage it and even give you a big plastic bag to tote it home in!

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June 27, 20060 found this helpful

Yep, you pay for them and also the motel ones too. I make little sandwich bags full of shampoo, hand lotion, etc. after we get back from vacation and give them to our granddaughters for their baby dolls.

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November 16, 20060 found this helpful

Hi! I have also "nabbed" some stuff at hospitals. Heck...I paid for it ten times over, I figure, anyway. I have come out with the same stuff you mentioned and some other stuff like medicine cups used to dispense the medication..including pills. They are great for giving children meds after you get home. I also came home with boxes of tissue, toilet paper rolls, socks (I was told they were to be tossed, so I told the nurse to "toss" them my way!), and several other things. I couldn't believe how many of those medicine cups get thrown in the trash every day. If people would just ask, they would find that a lot of things in a hospital are what the hospital considers disposable. What a waste. They should ask the patient if they WANT these things before tossing them out. I would wager a good many would take them home if they only knew they were going to be tossed out. And, they wouldn't be taking up valuable room in the land fills if more people would just take the stuff home to reuse after their hospital stay. So, I say....you pay for it (or your insurance will), so take it home!

Rhonda

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