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Patient-friendly hospital gowns

Projects | May 1, 2018 | By:

Designed with the patient’s comfort in mind, the new hospital gown is being tested at ten hospitals in the Medstar nonprofit health system and at the Olney Medical Center in Olney, Md. Photo: Care+Wear.

With advancements in modern medicine, the one thing that has remained the same for decades is the awkward, open-back hospital gown. The company Care+Wear, founded in 2014 to design fashionable and functional clothing and accessories for people undergoing medical treatment, decided it was time for a makeover. The team worked with students from Parsons School of Design and consulted with patients, fashion designers, medical personnel and laundering experts to develop a patient gown that provides
full coverage front and back—stylishly.

The kimono-inspired gown preserves the patient’s dignity while allowing full access for examinations and medical tests. It opens in the front and uses a system of ties and snaps at essential access points for easy treatment and monitoring. The front pocket has an opening for monitoring vital signs. Top snaps offer upper back access. Wide sleeves and side snaps provide easy access for an I.V., and are MRI-compatible. The back is closed except for a shielding pleat for personal function and procedures such as colonoscopies.

The blue gown is made of a breathable medium-weight cotton and polyester blend. It also includes side pockets for a patient’s personal items. For more information, visit

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