Product Review by OUTFOX: The Patient Pod

posted Oct 4, 2011, 10:08 PM by Todd Fox   [ updated Sep 24, 2016, 8:25 AM ]

OUTFOX Prevention has been very interested in the Patient Pod product because it gives a personal touch to infection control. In most cases, infection control is impersonal and avoided by many (for various reasons including social, emotional, etc.) in result.

By making infection control work well for the end user, patients can become comfortable with a product that keeps them safe from germs in addition to being convenient. Has your organization tried the Patient Pod? We recommend buying a few products and give them to a select few patients to test usability. Survey the patients to verify that you want to carry the product.

The following is small write up on the Patient Pod. If you have additional questions or would like to source the Patient Pod through OUTFOX Prevention, please contact us. If you have an infection control product, service or idea then tell us about it! We want the latest and greatest to OUTFOX infection to avoid illness and disease.

A Simple, Sensible Health Solution

The Patient Pod was created to answer these needs:
  • Can we create a systematic way for the bedridden patient to clean their hands?
  • What would it look like to have a safe, clean accessible place for a patient’s cell phone, eyeglasses, hearing aids, etc…so they won’t ever get damaged, lost, or get moved out of reach?
  • Can we create a low-tech messaging system to help patients and caregivers communicate?
  • Can we integrate all this with essential information, empowering patients to be more proactive, safer, and satisfied? 
The Patient Pod is that solution. It’s a "Portable Wellness Center" coupled to a patent-pending, swiveling attachment clamp. It clamps on the bed rail and keeps personal items within reach, while reducing germ transfer at the bedside. It lowers the risk of HAIs and patient falls, reduces caregiver steps, and helps a patient manage discharge materials.
The Patient Pod comes pre-packaged with
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Sanitizing wipes
  • A custom cover (plus a spare) for the germiest item in the room - the TV remote control
  • A notepad and pen
  • 6 essential tips on how to partner with caregivers and guard against infection. 
The "face" of the Patient Pod displays your personal photo and preferred name, and you can post a message in the integrated clip (alerting caregivers to an allergy or a hearing problem, for instance). These features help caregivers “know”, communicate with, and engage with you. When you leave the hospital or nursing home, the Pod travels with you…on your walker, wheelchair, chair rail, seat back or baby stroller.
Some say having a Patient Pod is “like bringing a friend to the hospital with you; familiar and comforting…in a place where nothing you touch is yours”. Go to for more on what patients and caregivers think, to see a brief video, or to have a Patient Pod shipped. Wholesale pricing is also available.

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