Dress For Success
Providing quality care has long been
a priority for hospital administrators.
However, as patient experience becomes closely tied to reimbursement, it
is more imperative than ever to ensure
patients feel safe and comfortable.
In response to this shift in the
healthcare industry, facilities are
seeking new ways to improve their
patients’ experiences. This includes
patient apparel solutions designed
to ensure patients are protected and
comfortable while in the surgical suite.
Product adoption can be a chal-
lenge in any acute care environment,
but conversion may be easier when
tied to a goal of improving patient
outcomes. The Institute for Healthcare
Improvement (IHI) developed the IHI
Triple Aim. This framework is built on
the belief that new designs must be
developed to simultaneously pursue
three dimensions called the “Triple
Aim,” which include:
• Improving the patient experience
of care, including both quality and
• Improving the health of populations
• Reducing the per capita cost of
Though there are many ways to
apply the Triple Aim framework, an
innovative approach that acute care
facilities could consider includes ad-
dressing these three goals with new
patient apparel solutions.
Creating A Positive
A primary goal of most acute facilities
is to improve patient care and overall
experience. Protecting patient mod-
esty and properly maintaining patient
uncomfortable pressure point being
created while the patients recline in a
chair or lay in bed.
Fabric can also impact the pa-
tient’s overall experience while
wearing the gown. Gowns using
100 percent spun polyester offer
better airflow and wicking than that
traditional cotton/poly blends that
have become an industry standard.
As improving patient experience
has become a more prevalent goal for
acute care facilities hoping to adopt
the IHI Triple Aim framework, consid-
er converting to patient gowns that
are designed with patient comfort in
mind. Remove the threat of potentially
embarrassing gaps that patients have
come to fear to create a more com-
fortable experience for patients.
Within the perioperative suite, maintaining normothermia continues to be
a priority and was a focus of the May
2017 issue of the AORN Journal release “Inadvertent Perioperative Hypothermia: Current Nursing Knowledge,”
authored by Karen K Giuliano, PhD,
RN, FAAN, and Jane Hendricks, BSN,
RN, CNOR. The article states that
inadvertent perioperative hypothermia
affects an estimated 70 percent of surgical patients and is associated with
adverse clinical outcomes.
According to the AORN survey:
“When asked about the most common complications associated with
hypothermia, respondents identified
shivering (68.2 percent), surgical site
infections (65.4 percent), and cardiac
events (61.7 percent); only 44.8
By Joe Przepiorka, Vice President of Marketing at Encompass Group
Vice President of Marketing
Innovative ideas take patient apparel to the next level
comfort is vital to a facility’s success
in serving the patient population.
Patient gowns are intended to ease
providers’ ability to care for the patient
and improve overall patient experience.
Yet, gowns are frequently described
as one of the most frustrating parts of
receiving care in an acute care facility.
Supplying gowns that offer an ade-
quate amount of coverage and added
protection helps patients feel less
vulnerable during an emotionally and
physically challenging period.
One way to promote a comfortable
experience for patients is to ensure their
modesty is protected through appropri-
ate apparel solutions. Recently, gown
lines like the C2 gown address patient
modesty concerns through wider cover-
age in the back of the gown.
Depending on the individual fit
required for each patient, the gowns
in this line feature ties that are located
on the front and/or side of the gown
creating a smooth surface along the
patient’s back, removing the risk of an