Hospital Gowns

Hospitals need to order any number of supplies, from staff uniforms to testing supplies to drugs, and of course, to supplies for patients. One item that all hospitals need to have an ample supply of is hospital gowns. Almost every patient who enters a hospital, whether in the emergency room, as an outpatient for day treatment, or for an extended stay for serious illness, will have to change into a hospital gown. Gowns allow doctors to easily examine the patient, whatever their illness or injury. They also ensure that if the patient needs a test like an MRI or x-ray, there will not be any interference from the patients clothing. And patients going into surgery have to be wearing something the surgeons can easily move to access the patient.

There are a number of choices in the type of hospital gowns facilities can use. Hospital gowns generally are 'one size fits all' to avoid trying to stock different size gowns in the appropriate rooms. Some types of gowns have metal snaps, but are generally not used by hospitals to avoid interfering with MRIs and x-rays. Hospital gowns generally have a cloth tie at the neck of the gown, and sometimes a second at the waist; both are at the back of the gown as that is where they open to. They tend to be long enough to cover most of an average-sized person, but are usually of a thin material and therefore not very warm. Hospitals also have to decide whether to use disposable or reusable gowns, depending on their needs and laundry facilities.

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