DETROIT – The drafty backside is finally gone, replaced with comfort, warmth and dignity in a newly designed hospital gown that blends style for the patient with clinical function for the health care team.
The new patient gown – resembling a wrap-around robe that completely closes in the back and front– is being rolled out on several inpatient floors at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit. It is among the first inventions to be made public by the Henry Ford Innovation Institute in collaboration with the College for Creative Studies.
The gown, which began with a drawing two years ago from College for Creative Studies 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.
Henry Ford Innovation Institute
Established in 2012, the Henry Ford Innovation Institute is the flagship of Henry Ford Health System’s commitment to innovation, and serves as both a physical and virtual resource. It provides System innovators access to an array of intellectual asset-related resources and programs including technological opportunity assessment, engineering services for prototypes, seminars designed to convey opportunities, programs aimed at developing specific medical products, and other educational offerings.