Have you ever had to wear a hospital patient gown? Many find the experience memorable. A billowy, user-unfriendly piece of clothing with indistinct boundaries can leave us feeling exposed. We all know the jokes about the hospital gowns’ notorious reputation: well-ventilated? Indiscreet? Simply putting the gown on can make people feel uneasy.
It is understandable that patients admitted to hospitals feel vulnerable — people are sick or injured, and there’s additional harm that can occur along the whole spectrum of patient care. Harm such as falls, inaccurate medications, and virulent Hospital Acquired Infections (HAIs). That’s why, in 2002, the National Patient Safety Foundation (NPSF) created Patient Safety Awareness Week.
This year the Foundation is announcing a brand new campaign titled, United for Patient Safety. One part of the campaign challenges all hospital leaders to wear a patient gown, and step into the role of the patient. “We are all patients, after all,” explains Tejal K. Gandhi, MD, MPH, CPPS, President and Chief Executive Officer of NPSF.
At Xenex, we have the same passion for patient safety. Our LightStrike™ Germ-Zapping Robots™ help lower Hospital Acquired Infection rates — one very important way that hospitals can reduce the risk that their patients will acquire an infection from the hospital environment. . In the coming week, you’ll see a lot of us in patient gowns — not too much (we promised HR)!
Patient Safety Awareness Week takes place March 13th through the 19th, and it’s not just for hospitals. So gown-up, snap a pic and join us — @XenexDisinfect; and be sure to tag #PSAW2016 and #unitedforpatientsafety.