Monday, March 30, 2009

Earth Hour Results in Hospital Deaths

Negative consequences to Saturday's Earth Hour were inevitable. In my post "Turn On Your Porch Light" I wrote that we were to

"turn off all of our electric lights, televisions, radios, computers, refrigerators and freezers, heart monitors, artificial breathing machines, traffic lights, street lights, and SETI transmitter/receivers that are searching for intelligent life in the universe that is so plainly evident as non-existent on this planet."
Well, it happened.

Fifteen Patients Die as Earth Hour Kills Life Support in Hospital

San Francisco, CA – Fifteen patients on life support and in surgery died at San Francisco General Hospital when power was cut for "Earth hour" on Saturday.

The hospital was pleased with their participation in the worldwide celebration of the planet. "We asked all the patients and their families if they were all right with us cutting the power. To a person, they all said as stewards of this planet it was their duty to observe Earth Hour. They knew the risks and were willing to take it," said hospital administrator Lawrence Cho.

Cho said that it was a net gain for planet Earth, despite the deaths. "The dead patients will no longer use any energy, and actually will be turned into energy in our patient incinerator," said hospital administrator Lawrence Cho.

As power was cut in the critical care ward some patients screamed in pain, others died calmly in their sleep. Cho said that most of the medical equipment has battery-powered back up systems, but those were disabled, because hospital officials felt that violated the spirit of Earth Hour.
The hospital intends to learn from this experience and not repeat the same mistakes during next year's Earth Hour.



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7 comments:

Nursing Care Plans said...

I worked in hospitals that also participate in Earth Hour, as far as one I known it's should have power back-up in each hospital equipment

Anonymous said...

This is an April fools spoof right?
Don

Indigo Red said...

It's not April 1st, Don.

I was considering participating in Earth Hour, but there was a power outage in my neighborhood.

Indigo Rose said...

Maybe not April Fools, but certainly tongue-in-cheek. One of the other headlines by Brian Biggs,author of the San Francisco Hospital article, is "Exxonmobil Announces Soylent Green Fuels For Next Generation".

In that release they talk about how we will have a never ending supply of fuel due to our older generation.

You do know the origin of Soylent Green, don't you?

Nina said...

That article was an intentional satire - it was not based on truth. If you look at the "About" page, the website is described as "'the world's greatest tech humour site'...BBspot produces a variety of features like fake news stories satirizing the tech and political worlds."

See http://www.bbspot.com/Legal/about.html

Bottom line: investigate the credibility of sources before posting about them as fact.

Indigo Red said...

Nina,

Might I quote myself again, "turn off all of our electric lights, televisions, radios, computers, refrigerators and freezers, heart monitors, artificial breathing machines, traffic lights, street lights, and SETI transmitter/receivers that are searching for intelligent life in the universe that is so plainly evident as non-existent on this planet."

I give you credit for at least clicking the link to determine for yourself this is satire, but give me a break, only a dumb-ass Liberal would think my story was any thing but a furtherance of the satire.

suek said...

>>but give me a break, only a dumb-ass Liberal would think my story was any thing but a furtherance of the satire.>>


Hey give _us_ a break!! I checked it out as well...you _are_ talking San Francisco here...!