Snap the green button in back of the Pod into the white clamp. Then attach the clamp to the bedrail (or other fixture), with the Pod facing you. Insert your personal items. That's it!
Click here to see the printed tips and instructions that come inside the Pod.
When you’re discharged, take your Patient Pod home with you – it clips on airplane tray tables, the seat pocket of cars, strollers, boats, etc. You can wash it in the washing machine. Still have questions? Check out our FAQs.
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The Patient Pod Story
A Rhode Island woman, Pat Mastors, began working on what would become "The Patient Pod” after acting as her father’s health advocate during his prolonged hospitalization. Bob Stegeman entered the hospital for neck surgery, and suffered many medical complications over the six months that followed.
The anxiety and helplessness Pat and her family felt during this time was overwhelming:
"Within weeks, Dad went from a stubbornly independent man who still fixed his car and mowed his own lawn to a frail, dependent shell of himself. His
caregivers rotated constantly, and his room was switched a dozen times.
It was frustrating that on top of his medical challenges, we were
new notes and reminding caregivers about Dad's hearing problem (water had spilled on his hearing aids and ruined them during his first days in the hospital). But of course it
was even more frustrating for my father, and eventually he gave up even trying to communicate.
(I later learned caregivers often think this means the patient is "losing it", when in fact, they can't hear). Every time I'd leave Dad's
hospital room, I'd wonder if he'd be able to find his things, or if
would remember to speak up when they talked to him. The experience ate
away at his health, and his dignity."
This experience led Pat to want to improve safety, dignity and autonomy for all hospital patients. She started an informational website to inform other families about infection risk and prevention strategies, and worked through her state legislature to pass new patient safety laws. Pat believed that simple solutions could be found - if someone went looking for them. She used her research and interviewing skills from more than 20 years as a news and medical reporter, asking patients, families, caregivers and hospital administrators to share their insights and "wish-lists".
All this feedback was distilled into the first Patient Pod prototype, cobbled together in Pat’s kitchen out of craft foam, clamps, Velcro and hot glue. She brought her prototype to Fuzion Design Inc., where product developers Joe Cacciola and Wayne Blatchley took on the challenge of creating something entirely new - a tangible tool patients could use to be part of the care team. Months of prototyping and revisions were followed by patient trials in hospitals from New England to Florida, from the Southwest to the Midwest.