Hale-An Upgrade on Patient Attire
When one thinks of a hospital gown they could often think of an exposed back and abare bottom. It has often been something that patients complain about and dread that is often because of the drafty feeling that the unisex garment provides. The reasons for the stagnancy in the gown design are the cost of manufacturing and the long battle between function and aesthetics. The redesign was to comply with and bridge the gap between two clients that only have one thing in common, they both wish the patient a speedy recovery. “hale” tackles those requirements through the three stages of patient recovery in relation to the notion of dress. Firstly, the disposable gown (worn by critical patients and surgical endeavors), launder-able gown (worn by stable patients) and finally the upgrade suggested: the sensor gown which takes into consideration the currently intrusive health monitoring and aims to make the patient feel more in control and the doctor satisfied. It incorporates three sensors that measure blood oxygen levels, pulse, temperature and posture. The readings are then viewed on a web app that updates its readings every 30 seconds thus providing healthcare professionals with the necessary data and the patient at ease from the traditional intrusive methods used to measure these vital signs. The gowns were designed in conjunction with patients, nurses, doctors, and laundering experts to improve the patient experience by ensuring the comfort and dignity of patients in the hospital
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Ibrahim, Mariam, "Hale-An Upgrade on Patient Attire" (2018). Capstone and Graduation Projects. 121.
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