Snaps & Stitching

My new mantra is “a new day, a new way,” so let’s talk about the snaps and the stitching on the traditional patient gown. The snaps need to be slightly larger due to the aging patient population and their decrease in fine motor skills that accompany life. It is very difficult for patients to locate and snap these tiny eyelets together when they are not acutely ill, so you can just imagine the nightmare and dissatisfaction that is causes when someone is debilitated and in the hospital for a prolonged period of time and not even have control of snapping a basic patient gown. A gown that currently ties in the back or sometimes snaps which patients are not able to extend their arms and reach to tie or snap without the assistance of a nurse in most instances. I was not able to do this for myself after my breast cancer surgery either and I was under the age of 50 at the time, very frustrating, and I felt a sense of a loss of control which I expect other patients feel the same. Now the snaps‚Ķthe GAPS between the snaps! Talk about your privacy being invaded and feeling like a “peep show.” These gaps between the snaps along with loose stitching make the gowns very drafty in my opinion. There are some cultures that simply do not want any exposure of the body at all and simply the traditional gown does not measure up. The insane piece of this puzzle is we continue to use the traditional patient gown which continues to be a major patient dissatisfier even with issues being identified with the traditional patient gown. CII can offer patients the ability of a quick slip on fit, the ability of the front panel to open easily for care, larger snaps on the sleeves so the gown can break-away from front to back if necessary, larger snaps symmetrically placed on the left side of the gown with tight stitching in between the snaps, and a fabric that wicks away moisture. CII is an opportunity to build a better patient gown to achieve optimal patient outcomes ūüôā ¬© 2016 Tracey L. Kennedy “All Rights Reserved.”

Sizing-One Size Fits Most

During my breast cancer journey, I had the opportunity many times to wear the dreadful traditional patient gown. So let’s talk about size, as size does matter and the “one size fits most” approach needs to change or be adjusted to those of you that manufacture and distribute the patient gown. This was a major dissatisfier for me as I put on the crunchy, oversized, and drafty garment. Not to mention the oversized sleeves which need to be shortened so lines can be better visualized by clinical staff. Also, patients frequently complain of being warm or too hot in the traditional gown made of cotton and polyester. Wearing an oversized gown on a petite frame was more than annoying, I cannot imagine having to had worn the traditional patient gown for an extended period of time as it also seemed heavy to me. My advice as an experienced Director of Clinical Quality, CMS collects data on the current height and weight of all inpatient admissions through the Quality Reporting Programs (as well as other data), so do you not think it is time to readjust the length and sweep of the gown based on the average height and weight of the patients currently being seen across healthcare organizations if you are going to take this “one size fits most” approach? Why not consider how care is delivered to better meet the needs of patients as most do wear a patient gown all day long and would like to be comfortable in a garment that fits appropriately by offering sizes based on height and weight again as an option. This could be a workable solution for PATIENTS but we need to rethink how to breathe new life into an old project. Manufacturers and distributors of the patient gown, you need to view your pictures on your websites and on my website (video) the gowns sweep the calves and/or ankles, patients look and feel ridiculous‚Ķ Patients want to be comfortable, to have privacy in a gown, and finally, NO HARM to come to them during their stay, I do not believe the current traditional gown accomplishes this and is in fact dangerous to the delivery of care (CMS fall data, pressure ulcers, dislodgments). Building a better patient gown needs to incorporate a fabric that is light weight and soft, fits according to size, opens easily for care, incorporates the elements of safety and privacy, and is easily laundered and safe for the environment. Can we finally fix this‚Ķ:) ¬© 2016 Tracey L. Kennedy “All Rights Reserved.”


Just like the dinosaur, the traditional patient gown has truly served its purpose here in this world, but now it is facing extinction. The current demand of¬†a complex health care society is calling for changes in the current design of the patient gown to meet patient and staff needs, as the current design does not lend itself to versatility or privacy by any means. In my opinion, the traditional gown it quite dangerous to patient care as it is quite bulky in nature, with the length of the gown quite possibly contributing to patient falls. When was the last time anyone considered changing the length and sweep of the gown? Reducing and preventing patient falls continues to be a top priority in healthcare organization across the nation. The one item every patient wears is not even considered to be a factor in patient falls but we evaluate footwear during a patient fall incident. Makes sense? Probably not‚ĶThe traditional gown also conceals critical lines, tubes, and drains as they can not be visualized on the front panel of the gown making it difficult for clinical staff to visually reconcile these items without total disruption to the patient, which can be a dissatisfier. Quite often, these lines, tubes, and drains become dislodged for various reasons, but how much time passes by until these mishaps are realized as they are hidden by the traditional gown, even concealing possible tubing misconnections that should have been visualized and corrected immediately but were not because the current design of the gown does not lend itself to PREVENTION. It is important to realize CII can assist in improving this process and reduce risk to the patient with its built in color coded ports/pockets, as well as it UNIQUE ability to open easily for care and treatments. Can we not build a better patient gown to incorporate the element of patient safety into a garment that is worn by patients DAILY during their stay in the health care setting? Some serious consideration needs given to these elements if the patient gown is going to take on a new look and transform healthcare for the better.¬© 2016 Tracey L. Kennedy “All Rights Reserved.”


The most unique feature of CII is the ability of the gown to “open” easily for care and treatment. Currently there is not another gown on the market that has the same versatility as compared to CII. The gown currently “opens” from left to right allowing quick access to the patient and a simple slip on fit. In reality, CII can also can be reversed if properly designed and manufactured for the left-handed individuals in the world. Meaning, CII can also from open from right to left if necessary. ¬†My youngest daughter Kayla is always complaining there is never enough product in the marketplace for the “lefties” so I designed CII in mind with you Kayla! ¬© 2016 Tracey L. Kennedy “All Rights Reserved.”


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.”


If you are not helping to make it right, then stop complaining about it being wrong…is my mantra for the week. I did not think I would need to make a post about this so soon, but I have confidence in what I created and believe in myself. This is my journey to endure, and I plan on finishing what I started. Those with their negativity have yet to offer any solutions, the only thing I hear chirping in the background are crickets…. Honestly, if they would take a moment to think about the patient gown, this puzzle has yet to be solved, therefore, the traditional dreadful gown remains on the market, so give CII a chance! ¬© 2016 Tracey L. Kennedy “All Rights Reserved.”

Artistic design

So, I have received verbal feedback from individuals either at work, through communication with friends, or just others that randomly approach me and provide feedback. I am told the front of CII appears to have a “face.” Just so everyone is clear, the ports and pockets were bolded to highlight their intent for display purposes and their intended use to help prevent medical mishaps from occurring in the healthcare setting. In reality, the color coded ports and pockets would blend more easily with the selected pattern of the gown. All things considered, I believe the team and I did a fabulous job with the launch of the website, blog, and video. We are only human, I consider myself a novice. I do not myself see a “face,” I see safer delivery of care in which lines and tubes can be quickly accessed for care, and easy reconcilation of those same lines and tubes with little or no disruption to the patient when I look at the front panel of CII. When lines, tubes, or drains are visible on the outside of the gown, HCP ‘s can easily distinguish if they have been connected correctlty, further reducing risk to the patient and placing the patient in a better position to have a favorable outcome. So,¬†I suppose it is all a matter of interpretation….
Finally, I do appreciate everyone’s comments and look forward to more. It is my belief if healthcare is to be transformed, we as healthcare professionals need to think about how care will be delivered safely in the near future and beyond. Changes are definitely needed, what we do and how we do it will matter going forward. I hope to be part of a great change. Do you? Now is the time to get involved and make a difference. ¬† ¬© 2016 Tracey L. Kennedy “All Rights Reserved.”

Patient Gown Redesign – CII – Catastrophic Illness and Injury

Patient Gown Redesign – CII

Many hospitals and individuals have tried to redesign the patient gown, but so many of the failed updates, although marginally more attractive, seem to have completely missed the point: a better patient gown has to be designed for enhanced care, safety and modesty.

What if a hospital gown could lean into the serious problem of hospital-acquired conditions and adverse events?

The Catastropic Illness and Injury Gown (CII-Gown) is a patient gown with built-in ports and pockets that allow medical staff to perform their tasks more effectively and with less wrestling than would otherwise be required with a standard gown that wasn’t built with a patient’s dignity in mind. Not only was priority given to dignity, when the CII-Gown was being designed, but to a patient’s safety and care too.

The gown is the ideal solution for all patient care situations but in particular the gown makes the difference between invasive care with negative outcomes and empowering and healthy care.¬† The CII-Gown is simply the “Johnny gown” reversed and equipped with pockets that gives convenient access for tubes, catheters, monitors¬†and an eyelet to anchor drains and tubes. The ports are multifunctional and color coded for their intended use to assist in the line reconciliation process.¬†It is our hope that the CII-Gown will be¬†assisting patients in their journey toward a less risky hospital experience. It is made of latex-free, moisture-wicking fabric in a variety of bright colors.

Redesigned for Better Patient Safety in Mind

The current patient gown design can potentially CONCEAL medical mishaps such as tubing misconnections, and further place patients at risk. The redesigned CII Gown takes care of this and facilitates prevention and risk reduction.¬†CII’s design is not dangerous¬†to the delivery of care and opens easily for care!

Patient Care

As an RN and former cancer patient herself, CII-Gown Inventor Kennedy knows what effective and compassionate patient care looks like. The gown allows caregivers to deliver lifesaving care without the inconvenience of a gown that seems to always work against the actions of the caregiver. Redefine the patient experience with a new practical approach to patient care. The CII-Gown makes it possible to access tubes, catheters and monitors with little to no disruption to the patient.

Patient Safety

The potential for harm exists when tubes and lines become tangled or the “spaghetti syndrome” occurs and also creating an operational inefficiency for medical staff. Patient safety is one of the most important things on a caregiver’s mind, but the CII-Gown takes caregiver safety into account as well. For patients with limited mobility, nurses and doctors are able to access all ports quickly, and without straining to lift the patient into place. ¬†Science is suggesting¬†that not even ‚Äúproper‚ÄĚ lifting technique is saving the backs of nurses. The latex-free construction means that patients with latex allergies have a superior alternative to gowns made of the common allergen. Additionally, the moisture-wicking properties of the material keep the surface of the patient‚Äôs skin dry, which is ideal for keeping bacterial growth at bay to further¬†reduce pressure ulcer development.

Patient Privacy & Dignity

The CII-Gown was reverse engineered so the back is closed to preserve privacy, but patient privacy and dignity is not just skin deep. So many patients are committed to modesty as per their religious practice and the CII-Gown is the hands-down choice for anyone who wants a fully working hosptial-approved gown that doesn’t leave the patient feeling unnecessarily exposed. ¬© 2016 Tracey L. Kennedy “All Rights Reserved.”