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'MacGyver' Nurses Build Their Own Solutions

Alexandra Wilson Pecci, for HealthLeaders Media, October 8, 2013

But "around 1950-something we just see a cliff, all of a sudden it dropped," Gomez-Marquez says. Although he's not sure why such innovation ground to a halt, Gomez-Marquez believes it could have something to do with the rise of evidence-based medicine, which always asks for data. And in the case of on-the-spot inventions like my daughter's donut, data doesn't exist.

But if nurse making can once again take off, Gomez-Marquez says he has "a feeling it can help in driving down healthcare costs." He again point to the donut example, saying a custom-made orthopedic donut would have cost $300. Not to mention that it would have taken way too long to create; we needed it immediately.

Gomez-Marquez is urging DIY nurses to get in touch with MakerNurse.

"Our doors are open," he says. "Please send us emails and call us."

Learn more at MakerNurse.org.


Alexandra Wilson Pecci is a managing editor for HealthLeaders Media.

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2 comments on "'MacGyver' Nurses Build Their Own Solutions"


Sarah Mott (10/27/2013 at 9:47 PM)
Who knows the needs for patient care better than a nurse? As a nurse, I have had the opportunity to work with some of the most inventive, innovative people in healthcare -

Aquifer (10/9/2013 at 12:15 PM)
I love it! When i worked in a hospital, I came up with some ideas,one of which was how to retrofit hospital beds to lower them so patients could get in and out of them easier. But I was told "fuhgeddaboutit" because of potential liability issues. I have proposed partnerships between hospitals and universities such that all those wonderful inventors could be teamed with, say, engineering students "help a hospital for credit" so that these devices might be accepted and even fabricated locally. I got nowhere, but I think it is a great idea and perhaps you could think about this to take advantage of all the terrific ideas medical people come up with everyday ...