Traditional hospital gowns are designed to give doctors and nurses easy and quick access to patients because time is so important in medicine, especially in emergencies, but that can leave patients feeling exposed.
MedStar Montgomery Medical Center in Olney, Maryland, is trying out a new gown by Care+Wear that offers more coverage but still allows easy access for medical treatment.
It’s a wrap-style gown that ties inside in the front and again outside. It has a pocket for a telemetry monitor, pockets for personal items and features snaps that allow easy access to a patient’s back and for IVs. It also has openings for catheters and breastfeeding moms.
It was designed by students from Parsons School of Design.
Montgomery Medical Center is the only MedStar hospital in the area testing the gowns in a pilot program that began in January. Patients seem to like the gowns.