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.