A few years ago, I blogged about my MRI experience as a patient at Henry Ford Hospital. I called the blog post “Tweets from Inside the MRI,” as I recanted my appointment in short, 40-character quips or “tweets.”
As you may recall, several of my “tweets” in that blog post were devoted to the much maligned hospital gown:
All kidding aside, it was a great experience – the physicians, nurses, support staff and technicians were absolutely first rate.
But that hospital gown.
Well, now we have a solution that, thanks to the Henry Ford Innovation Institute.
The Innovation Institute created the “Model G,” a Detroit-designed hospital gown that finally closes the drafty, embarrassing backside.
The new gown resembles a wrap-around robe to blend style and comfort for the patient with essential clinical function needed by the patient’s health care team. It features plastic snaps, instead of hard-to-reach ties, for ease of use.
This week, Model G moved from creative concept to the patient’s bedside, with more than 35,000 gowns rolling out throughout Henry Ford Health System’s hospitals.
Detroit-based legend Carhartt manufactured the navy and light blue Model G gowns.
Two Henry Ford Hospital inpatient units (H5 and H6) were the first to receive Model G this week for their patients, with more arriving in coming weeks for other inpatient units.
It also will be available within the next month for patients at Henry Ford Macomb Hospitals, Henry Ford West Bloomfield Hospital and Henry Ford Wyandotte Hospital, and planning is underway to schedule the arrival of Model G at Henry Ford medical centers.
Model G is among the first inventions to be made public and produced for patient use by the Henry Ford Innovation Institute.
And its name, Model G, is a tribute to hospital founder Henry Ford’s innovative and iconic Model T automobile.
Like the Model T, the concept for Model G began with a simple idea from students at the College for Creative Studies in Detroit. More than three years ago, the students collaborated with the Innovation Institute to take a fresh, non-clinical look at items throughout the hospital and offer feedback for improvement.
They immediately saw the hospital gown as an opportunity and challenge for a complete redesign.
Since then, Model G has gone through several redesigns and a clinical trial with inpatients at Henry Ford Hospital who wore the gown during their hospital stay.
It has been tested at Henry Ford Hospital to be safely used for inpatient hospital stays, clinic visits and medical tests, including MRI and CT scans.
Learn more about Model G at www.henryfordinnovation.com