Hospitals: Instead of the Bedpan

With its top and sides closed, the walnut-grain cabinet looks like an executive's liquor locker. In fact, it is technology's latest answer to one of the oldest but least discussed of all the problems of hospital care: how to let patients perform natural functions in relaxed privacy, without waiting for an assisted trip to the bathroom, or the discomfort of the bedpan. For when they are faced with so inhibiting a situation, many embarrassed patients develop elimination difficulties severe enough to require extra medical and nursing care.

The remedy offered by California's Monogram Industries Inc. is a self-contained toilet...

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