The best gown that I have had to wear had 3 arm holes. Put your arms through 2 of them, then bring the other one around the backside. It provided full coverage with no ties and had snaps at the shoulders to accommodate for IV's. It worked great!!! Now there would be an issue for obese patients but that will happen with any gown.
Right now, at the hospital I am doing clinicals at.... I have had the patients put on 2 gowns. One with the ties in the back tied, then other with the ties in the from not tied. It's kinda like wearing a house coat. Our male patients don't seem to care too much about flapping in the breeze but our women normally want more coverage. (could just be our hospital (VA hospital))
Henry Ford hospital has a new patient gown.... perhaps most importantly - rear coverage for patients.
YEAH! Is it disposable too? Actually I cannot wait to see changes like this across the spectrum. It will reduce the number of mooning incidents by those who are not alert enough to care.
Also, it just dawned on me that one day we will be nurses who report to younger nurses that we used to have to hold the back of the gowns closed while steading the patient with one hand as we carried everything else to include pushing the IV poles with medications and pumps in the other. Just working as a nurse as technology improves is making us older!
I do see the gown posted being an issue for incontinent/ bed bound patients. It is much easier to clean up a soiled patient if their gown is not underneath them. But then again, those are not the patients that have an issue with the back being open so there would still be a need for the open back gowns.
Wearing a hospital gown was one of the worst things for me being in the hospital, it "marked" me as a patient and I hated it! As soon as I was out of ICU and could get my own clothes on it was off!
Now the new fancy gown won't change that fact of course, I just didn't realize how big an impact wearing a gown would have on me