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Cowbells in the Sick Room — and the Hospital

After I wrote about cowbells (suggesting using them in sick-rooms) a few days ago, I received an email from Elisabeth at

She sent along this anecdote, about a situation at

. . . a hospital in Norway a while back. Their electronic nurse call system went out and it was going to take six months to get a new one installed (government owned hospital). The red tape and mess made it news worthy to the local paper…. The MOEN Bell Factory read about it and donated sheep bells for the patients to call the nurse. It worked well since the head nurse was also a sheep farmer and after a while could hear the different bell tones and which patient was ringing.

Torino BellI was on the right track, it seems. If you want to equip your own sick room (or just own some very cool cowbells), Elisabeth told me that is offering an online special — a sampler set of four different bells (two and three-fourths of an inch to four inches high). The four inch Torino bell (left) is on special, too — normally only with another purchase. Mention GearAbility if you buy one, and Elisabeth will waive the purchase requirement.

Disclosure: I have no connection to, and no financial interest in any purchases readers make. But I know a good story when I see one — and a fine bell!’s trivia page has other other amusing and enlightening information (do you know how the term “saved by the bell” originated?).

Related: Non-Electric Call Bells