I believe most are aware of how the wicking principle works so I am not going to readdress the topic. What I do know is an exorbanent amount of money is spent on patient care items to keep patients dry and from moisture breaking down the skin. So why not create a patient gown with the wicking properties built into the gown and focus on PREVEVENTION. The care of the patient is a continuous process, and due to the complex nature of healthcare today, including staffing challenges faced by organizations, we need to start thinking differently on how care can be delivered safely and efficiently for patients. Unfortunately, caregivers are pulled in many directions during a shift, and quite a bit of time may pass before an incontinent patient may be changed, so why not consider the one item patients wear all day to be the change agent. Fact of the matter is pressure ulcers are very expensive to organizations and increase costs to the tune of approximately $44,000 per incident, a billion dollar industry. Building a better patient gown with wicking properties should be the right thing to do, for the right reasons for patients, not only for safety reasons but to improve quality of care!  Thoughts anyone? © 2016 Tracey L. Kennedy “All Rights Reserved.”


So, the eyelet (black speck on the design) did not translate to a creative inspiration on the virtual prototype as this was a very difficult concept to convey and not well understood by all, as far as, what needed to be accomplished. There is not an eyelet currently on the market that I am aware of that functions in the manner I want for CII. Besides, the eyelet     I need should be built into the gown and be able to easily grasp tubing firmly and safely and hold lines/tubes into place without causing damage to them. © 2016 Tracey L. Kennedy “All Rights Reserved.”