'MacGyver' Nurses Build Their Own Solutions
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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