'I'm MacGyver,' Says Nurse Honored at White House

Alexandra Wilson Pecci, June 24, 2014

One of the things she's proudest of is a dressing she helped create for babies born with omphalocele, a birth defect in which the intestines protrude out of the body and are covered only by a thin layer of tissue. Surgery will eventually repair the defect, but until then, it's at risk of opening and infection, and needs protection.

"We apply a Hydrofiber dressing that is made of an antimicrobial," Reyna says. "We've been able to take the properties of a dressing…shape it, form it, and be able help the patient."

It's an innovation that pays off.

"We've been able to see no mortality with what we do, no infections with what we do," she says. "We've had kids go home as soon as 11 days."

Hopefully with the new tools coming from MakerNurse, more nurses will have the help and encouragement to take making to the bedside, too.

Alexandra Wilson Pecci

Alexandra Wilson Pecci is an editor for HealthLeaders Media.

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