Health system reveals hospital gown to cover rears

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DETROIT — A Detroit-based health system is rolling out a new patient gown that aims to offer a little more style, comfort and rear coverage.

Resembling a wrap-around robe, the “Model G” gown closes the once-drafty back.

The gown was developed by the Henry Ford Innovation Institute. A version of the gown was introduced in 2013 on a few inpatient floors at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit. Since then, the institute has worked to update the design based on feedback from patients and staff.

On Wednesday, those involved in the gown design are discussing plans for Michigan-based Carhartt to make 35,000 for use at Henry Ford Health System’s six hospitals and 29 medical centers. They’re also ready to license it to other manufacturers for use by other hospitals.

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