A Tale of Marriage, Medicine and Murder

Is a beeper better suited to a hospital situation than a cell phone?


A beeper is better suited to a hospital situation, where the use of a cell phone may interfere with sensitive equipment. Beepers, also called pagers, are wireless, one-way communication devices that became popular among doctors in the early 1990s. They were the simplest form of paging and originally made only a beeping noise.

Wikipedia explains: “Unlike mobile phones, most one-way pagers do not display any information about whether a signal is being received or about the strength of the received signal. Since one-way pagers do not contain transmitters, one-way paging networks have no way to track whether a message has been successfully delivered to a pager. Because of this, if a one-way pager is turned off or is not receiving a usable signal at the time a message is transmitted, the message will not be received and the sender of the message will not be notified of this fact. In the mid-1990s, some paging companies began offering a service which allowed a customer to call his pager-number and have numeric messages read back to him. This was useful for times when the pager was off or out of the coverage area, as he would know what pages were sent to him even if he never actually received the page.”

Beepers were replaced by cell phones as technologies became cheaper and more widely available, but they are still used in restaurants and hospitals for communication with the staff and waiting patrons, and in places where mobile phones cannot reach. Beepers are in use today by first responders in emergencies because they use simulcast delivery by satellite-controlled networks and are more reliable than terrestrial-based cellular networks.

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Chapter 5: Chapter Five
"... and drowsiness. “I saw her in ER.” The doctor, brazen as a lion tamer, waved a hand to dismiss Penny’s fears, drawing her attention to his gold ring inset with four large, sparkling diamonds. “Here’s my beeper number. Call me if you have any problems.” Scales opened the hall ..."
"... dangerously elevated and compromised cerebral blood flow. It had been thirty minutes since Dr. Scales left, and Penny dialed his beeper number, punching in the Unit number at the tone. In three minutes the doctor returned her call. “What do you want, Mrs. Pewitt?” “Your patient’s ..."
"... the doctor and tell him again.” Knowing that he would be furious, Penny dialed his beeper numbers with cold fingers, punched in the Unit numbers and waited, her heart racing. Four minutes ticked by before the phone rang and she picked up the receiver. “HOW MANY TIMES ARE YOU GOING TO ..."

Chapter 9: Chapter Nine
"...“He was dead when security got out there. The hospital administrator came, and the family seems okay with everything. We aren’t to talk about it at all, even among ourselves—so don’t, if you like working here.” His beeper sounded. “That will be more day shift personnel calling in sick. It’s Friday-the-thirteenth,” he said, heading downstairs to the nursing office to wrap up the night. ..."

Chapter 13: Chapter Thirteen
"...Dr. Hutton, a young physician who blushed easily, stepped out of the stairwell breathing hard. Next to medicine, running was his passion and he often answered their beeper calls from a gymnasium. “I’m on call tonight; is there anything you want to tell me now, Penny, so I won’t be hearing from you at four in the morning?” ..."

"... Leroy chuckled. “If it had been Spate, he would have turned it right back on.” The desk phone rang and Leroy answered it. “Sorry. I must have left my beeper downstairs.... I turned off their overhead.... Tell them to bring her up here, that’ll free up one ER bed, anyway.” He ..."

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