(DIAGNOSTIC IMAGING) -- Every so often you come across an idea that has so much merit you can’t imagine why somebody hadn’t come up with it before. Such is the case with hospital gowns matched to a patient’s skin color. Although sky blue and forest green might be stunning on the right patient, it is hard to imagine either one helping docs spot signs of diseases that can be found in skin color changes.
Human eyes are hardwired to detect these changes, say the folks at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute who came up with the new hospital garb. A blush, they point out, stands out when surrounded by regular-colored skin. Pale skin, yellow skin, and blue skin (indicative of a lack of blood oxygen, for example, always good for a doc to notice) are more apparent if the patient’s healthy color is draped across it, they argue.
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