Patients at the Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit are the “lucky” first to wear new gowns designed for greater comfort, a bit of style, and a shred more decency. Worn like a robe, the new patient gown is securely closed in the front and back, and has a v-shaped neckline so it doesn’t look like you’re wearing a bedsheet.
Developed by Henry Ford Innovation Institute in collaboration with Michigan’s College for Creative Studies, the new gown was made to be warmer using thicker material, works using snaps instead of straps, and is made for easy access when working with IV lines.
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The gown, which began with a drawing two years ago from CCS students working at the Innovation Institute, is now being tested by patients like Ismail Khalil, M.D., a vascular surgeon from Lebanon who traveled to Henry Ford Hospital for a liver transplant.
Dr. Khalil has the unique perspective as both a physician and now a patient on the design of the new hospital gown versus the traditional hospital gown.
“The new gown is the ultimate in simplicity and sophistication,” he says. “The old gown was uncomfortable with the ties in the back; I did not like it. I’d much rather walk down the hall in the new gown; it fits well and you feel decent. It looks good too. What more could you want?”
The new gown is tailored to fit two patient populations. Using the snaps on either side of the gown, it can adjust from a size large to an extra large, allowing for it to fit more patients with a single design.
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