Kevin MD reports on the idea of drive-through emergency rooms. Stanford Hospital & Clinics has turned the first floor of a parking garage into a drive-through emergency room.
This sounds completely stupid and insane. And then you think about it a little more and it is not so crazy. The thinking is that this might not only be efficient and convenient but also a good way to treat way to treat a large number of patients during any communicable disease outbreak. The Swine Flu debacle apparently has doctors thinking of more creative ways to treat infectious diseases, and maybe a drive-thru ER would prove effective for some other conditions as well.