I am always amazed at how quickly we humans become desensitized to our surroundings. For example, about a month ago, I pulled out a half-dozen framed photos to hang in our hallway. Knowing how dangerous I can be with tools and a bright idea, my husband quickly "e;volunteered"e; to hang them after work that day. The day turned into a week, the week turned into a month–and you guessed it: The pictures are still sitting on the family room book case. At first, the stack of frames stood out like a sore thumb and annoyed the heck out of me. But after dusting around them a few times and looking past them as I watched television, I began to not notice them.
It’s a phenomenon called habituation. Things become so familiar to us that we forget how our home or office might look to someone seeing it for the first time. In this case, the framed photos have become nearly invisible to us because they are now familiar in what was once a state of displacement. But to a guest coming to our home for the first time the stack of frames would look out of place and may even give the impression of disarray.
The hospital or clinic environment is no different. What may have once been clutter often becomes part of the normal d