Letter to the Editor

A reader debates “The Hospital of the Future.”.

I am writing in regards to your recent article “The Hospital of the Future “ (ACP Hospitalist, August 2011). The section about information screens in the SmartRoom completely defies logic. A medical-surgical hospital nurse has on average at least four patients per shift. The nurse is in and out of each room at least eight times per shift. That is a minimum of 32 times in and out of a room. Do you really think a screen with a list of allergies would prevent a nurse from using a latex tourniquet? Sometimes simple is better—like, why not eliminate latex tourniquets from hospital stock?

—Kenneth J. Mishark, FACP
Scottsdale, Ariz.