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Saturday, April 5, 2014

Hospital incinerators

When I first started as an RT in 1995 the hospital I worked for had an incinerator.  When I pulled up to the hospital at night you could see the smoke billowing from a chimney in the backside of the place, and, if the air was blowing just right, you could smell the rancid smell of burning flesh.

About ten years ago the government passed a law making it difficult for hospitals to burn their own surgical waste.  Since that time the products had to be balled up and stuffed into large black plastic garbage bags and stored in the freezer.  About once a year a big black, unmarked freezer truck pulls up to the back dock and hundreds of large garbage backs are stuffed into it.

The truck drives to Florida, picking up more waste along the way.  Once in Florida it's driven to the Kennedy Space Center where the stuff is loaded into dilapidated NASA rockets and blasted off into outer space.

This was my lame attempt at an April Fools post this year.  The trick here is that part of this post is real, and part fools.  Can you guess which is which?

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