In the hospital, we're always being encouraged to document the "fifth vital sign", pain. Patients are asked to quantify their level of pain on a zero to 10 scale. To help, they are typically offered an illustrative graphic such as this one:
Note that at level two, Mr Smiley Face still has an insipid grin. I have a fairly high pain tolerance but is it just me or shouldn't zero out of ten be the only level of pain worth smiling over?
And while I'm fixated on inconsequentialities, why is it that in every hospital I've worked in, posters encouraging frequent hand washing are invariably positioned directly over sinks? Could Infection Control come up with a more superfluous location?