Wednesday, September 8, 2010
Fox Chase Cancer Center is no ordinary hospital. If you've been in a hospital lately, there's a good chance that you ended up thinking of yourself as, oh a piece of meat or an experimental subject or a case number or even lucky to have lived through it. The Fox Chase people, on the other hand, seem (so far) determined to treat patients like people.
It's partly in the way they greet you, partly the pleasant sense of self-disclosure: my anaesthesiologist has written a novel, my nurse is married to a pharmacist, the surgery resident loves Marques de Caceres and so on. What really gets the message across though, is the gown. Ever shivered through the time outside the operating room wondering if they were planning on freezing you to stanch the bleeding? At Fox Chase, they have a gown with a paper bag inside it. It's called an Air Bear or some such. The bag has openings that look like the ones on vacuum cleaner bags and they attach to a hose at the side of your bed. The hose brings heated or cooled air and puffs up the inner bag. It's the cozy patient process. Just to make it almost too good, the thing ties in the front! Who ever would have thought of such a thing? How can a person be cured without their bare butt being exposed to dozens of complete strangers? It's a lovely, cozy gown and what's even better is that I think I have the perfect earrings to go with it.
In fact, there's only one question that troubles me about the Fox Chase gown:
Is it too busy for daytime?
Posted by Lynn Hoffman at 9:11 PM