The above image is from artist Steve Cutts who he creates images which show how 40 hour workweeks are beating us down, and who we are chained to our smartphones. Outlandish? Well, the NY Times just did a nice piece on the revamped Parkland Hospital in Dallas which opened recently. Each of the 862 single-patient rooms in the sprawling new 17-story tower was ready to accommodate the growing number of obese patients that hospitals across the country increasingly care for. Hooray! Why did they do this?
- “We designed with this idea of the universal patient in mind,” said Jim Henry, an associate vice president of the architectural consulting firm HDR, which worked on the new building. “Any patient can go into any room. At this hospital, a patient doesn’t feel, ‘I’m going into a bariatric room.’ ”
- “The bariatric population” — typically defined as patients having a body mass index of 40 or higher — “wasn’t an afterthought,” said Kathy Harper, vice president of clinical coordination, new campus construction, at Parkland. “They’re a very special population. We thought a lot about their needs and how to accommodate them.”
So that is how we are fixing our population’s health? By admitting that the universal patient is basically a really fat patient?
And grading the doctor on his or her patient’s weight or blood pressure is a great idea, too, because it is our fault that there is an obesity epidemic. Before you answer, how about another image: