When The Usual Protocols Fail, These Medical MacGyvers Get Creative
Nurses, doctors and others in the health care industry are embracing the "maker movement," which encourages inventive solutions when traditional ones don't cut it.
Medical MacGyvers: Nurses Craft DIY Devices To Fit Patients’ Needs
Inside sterile hospital environments, medical MacGyvers are designing and building new medical devices with an assortment of raw materials to improve patient care. Doing the crafting, tinkering and inventing are nurses, doctors, patients and even caregivers. Nurses have used plastic cups and surgical tape to keep children from picking at their IVs. They’ve adapted goggles to protect the eyes of neonatal infants. And you’ve seen tennis balls on walkers, right? It’s called MakerHealth, born out of the maker movement. (McClurg, 7/29)