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Hospital Gown of the 21st Century Comes in Pairs and Promotes Patient Mobility
By: A.D. Wynn
We all have seen just how un-dignified a typical hospital gown can be. It is common knowledge, so much so that there have been many articles written in the past about complaints from patients not just in the U.S. but others throughout the world. Articles such as those found in Time Magazine or on ABC News highlights a plea from the public to do something about these dreadful gowns. But why is it that patients are still required to wear gowns in hospitals? The old arguments have always been that the design makes it more accessible during examination and easier for nurses to don and doff. But is that a legitimate argument today?
The current hospital gown design has been around for more than a century, with many attempts by well known fashion designers and healthcare professionals to re-design this old relic. Their concept consist of wrap around design, or drawstrings that tie in the front instead of the back. Others have introduced new patterns and materials to their design. But despite the couture and the hype, do patients really feel dignified while wearing a gown? Can anyone truly feel comfortable being seen with a gown on by business associates, work colleagues, or even visiting friends and relatives? Any sensible individual will say no, and yet hospitals and designers continue collaborating to improve gowns rather than replacing it altogether.
Enter DIGNITYWEAR with its Activewear collection. On the surface, it looks like any other two-piece warm up suit, yet it is ingeniously designed for total accessibility. The shirt comes with snap button fasteners throughout the shoulder area, ideal for patient wearing a halo brace. It also features snap buttons throughout the lateral area where a G-tube or monitoring cables attached to patient can be discreetly hidden from view through entry points on each side. The pants includes drawstrings for comfort and snap button fasteners on the inner portions of the legs for instant accessibility during perineal care. It also includes several large loops with velcro fasteners on both sides next to the snap buttons to keep a catheter in place and hidden from sight while in bed, on a wheelchair, or during standing. Unlike other hospital gowns, this design is truly functional and aspirational.
There is still a place for traditional hospital gown to thrive, such as in an emergency room setting. But with DIGNITYWEAR, why should patients settle for anything less?
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Our collection is based on a proven design universally presentable for male and female patients in public arena. Our philosophy is to create a hospital attire that will encourage ambulation, which is synonymous with wellness. Introducing the Activewear hospital attire by DIGNITYWEAR customized especially for your facility:
Leisurewear hospital attire is also available with the same features using 100% woven cotton suitable to be worn all day and night. For more information on our collection, click here.
"Traditional [hospital gown] models cost as little as $2 to $3 apiece..."
Wall Street Journal, May 11 2009 article, "The Hospital Gown, Fashion Malady, Worries Would-Be Redesigners Sick."
Managing supply chain cost is very important to hospital administrators. But should it compromise patient's dignity? What patients are wearing is the single most important factor that differentiate between dignity and humiliation. Should a greater emphasis be placed on this? We believe so.
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