In Support of Cloth Patient Gowns

July 11, 2019 | Healthcare

Think back to your last doctor visit. Were you provided a patient gown for the exam? If so, was the gown made of cloth or was it a disposable paper one?

Healthcare centers that provide disposable gowns can leave patients feeling dissatisfied with their experience. Paper gowns have a tendency to rip, and they often don’t fully cover a patient’s body, leaving them feeling exposed and uncomfortable. Here’s the top three reasons why we think cloth patient gowns are the way to go:

1.) Quality and image. Cloth gowns feel more expensive and therefore positively impact the healthcare practice’s image and their patients’ experience. Disposable products feel cheap and therefore appear to be lacking in quality. Patients might be thinking, “If they skimp on the gowns, what else are they skimping on?” It’s a “you get what you pay for” mentality, and it can negatively affect the experience the patient has at your facility.

2.) Environmentally-conscious. As you might expect, cloth patient gowns are more environmentally friendly than disposable paper ones. They create less waste – not only the gowns themselves, but also the packaging they come in. Also, the cleaning process used on cloth patient gowns is certified “Clean Green” by TRSA (Textile Rental Services Association). Switching to cloth is just one more way your facility can be making strides toward a greener practice.

3.) Inventory management. As you might imagine, it’s imperative to clean cloth gowns after every patient use. As such, linen rental services will provide inventory tracking to ensure that hospitals always have the right products on hand. Weekly inventory monitoring reports allow hospitals to get a snapshot of usages, which in turn make inventory management adjustments a breeze.

If that doesn’t convince you, take a look at some of these staggering statistics from a recent International Communications Research Study:

  • 64% of patients across America prefer wearing a cloth patient gown to one made of disposable paper.
  • 72% of patients say cloth patient gowns are more comfortable than paper gowns.

Cloth patient gowns can reduce waste, lower costs, and enhance the image of your medical practice. If you can have all that, and keep your patients feeling comfortable and secure, what’s not to like?