|Reducing Exposure With A New Hospital Gown|
|SciMed - Healthcare|
|TS-Si News Service|
|Tuesday, 29 June 2010 02:00|
Montréal, Québec, Canada. Patients with their privacy and personal dignity exposed — i.e. forced to wear traditional and revealing hospital gowns — may soon bid adieu to peek-a-boo hospital garb.
Alumna Noémie Marquis and Denyse Roy, a professor at the University of Montréal School of Industrial Design, have created a hospital gown with superimposed front and back panels that cover private body parts.
The DUO Hospital Gown has an overlapping design without cords or Velcro and is easy to put on.
"Its dual design simplifies dressing patients and facilitates work for hospital staff who don't need to tie cords," says Marquis. Plans are to manufacture the new gown using three basic prints that can be inverted to create 81 varied looks.
Composed of 65 percent polyester and 35 percent cotton, the Duo gown is thought to be more cost-effective than traditional models and could reduce hospital overhead. Roy says
"These costs were calculated after extensive studies of hospital environments. We found 24 out of 100 patients wore two traditional gowns, one on top of the other for modesty concerns, which drives up costs when two garments need to be laundered," says Roy.
Professor Roy says the DUO gown offers several improvements over traditional models:
|Last Updated on Monday, 28 June 2010 10:36|