The Patient Gown, the Old is New Again and the Direct Link to Nursing Theory

The nurse’s role is to protect the patient and keep them safe from harm. I also utilized these basic principles when I redesigned the patient gown. The spring of this year marked the finalization of my patent with the USPTO for the redesigned patient gown which I named CII (Catastrophic Illness & Injury). I designed the gown to open effortlessly (from the side, left to right) to be able to facilitate HCP’s to be able to better and safely care for patients. The unique design permits easy access to the thoracic cavity for patients that may need CPR or quick access to the chest area (breathing), I provided an additional port/pocket on the front of the gown to allow for a gastrostomy tube (eating and drinking) to be able to allow for enteral feedings to occur for those that cannot eat or drink. Again, the gown opens from left to right making care less restrictive for patients and staff to assist with bowel or bladder (elimination) if necessary. CII’s length, sweep, and weight of the gown adjustments make patients more comfortable so they may rest, be repositioned more easily, and avoid potential falls in the environment as compared to the current ill-fitting gowns in the marketplace (position, rest, avoid danger). I strongly believe the current traditional patient gown is a fall hazard due to the length, sweep and weight of the gown and contributes to patient falls on a regular basis due to these factors. CII’s specialty fabric selection helps to control body temperature and has wicking properties to protect the patient’s skin (maintain body temperature and protect skin). Currently, patient’s openly express (communication) their dissatisfaction with the care they receive as they feel their privacy and dignity is an issue and often care is awkward with the current traditional patient gown (suitable clothes). The constant “lifting” of the gown and backside exposure is a privacy and dignity issue for most patients. CII allows for most of the care to be performed on the outside of the gown with its many built-in port/pockets and the backside of the gown is closed, eliminating the constant “lifting” of the patient gown as an added feature. Next, CII is more culturally appropriate than most gowns in the marketplace as it provides appropriate coverage (faith). Finally, patients can have a sense of accomplishment as far as reaching basic goals (accomplishments or participation in care) for the day as care and treatments can be easily administered on the outside of the gown through the various ports/pockets and/or by quickly opening the gown allowing quick access to the patient for care (wearable technology) with the enhancements of the principles of Virginia Henderson (Black, 2014) built into the gown. As CII grows in the marketplace, patients will choose to want to receive care in a healthcare facility where safety and quality of care are a priority and CII is the patient gown of choice (learn, discover, and satisfy). This is my vision for my virtual prototype and, I believe my practices are most congruent with those of Virginia Henderson’s nursing philosophy as these fourteen basic needs (p. 270) shape the fundamental elements of nursing care that I most closely follow in my entrepreneurial nursing practice. #BuildaBetter Patient Gown #Choose CII  Copyright © 2017  Tracey L. Kennedy RN