Better care starts with safety and comfort.

Resident Apparel Can Be Comfortable and Efficient

By Chris Farrell, Vice President, Sales
September 2017


Patient experience extends beyond the actual medical procedure or how much time their hospitalist spends in their room; this term encompasses their entire experience from the time they walk into your facility until they leave. Often, when a patient is expected to rate their experience, it comes down to the details.

Most patients want to be comfortable in the hospital environment, but rarely does a patient arrive at a hospital fully confident in the patient onboarding process. A common part of this process includes being instructed to strip their clothing, remove their personal belongings, and dress in a less-than-flattering and hardly comforting hospital gown. Offering comfortable, full coverage gowns is one easy way to improve the patient experience.

Quality patient apparel may enhance the patient experience

Patients come in all different sizes, heights and body shapes. It’s unrealistic to think that a “one size fits all” approach is possible. For smaller individuals, a gown that is too long could drag on the ground and put a patient at risk for falling. Modesty is a large factor of the patient experience. Having sizes that accommodate patients who are very tall, overweight, or obese could be key to elevating their comfort level. By offering a small variety of sizes, you can better accommodate all patients, from petite to plus-size, and ensure that no patient feels singled-out due to their size.

Patients also need apparel that is comfortable, durable, and non-transparent. Gowns that have faded due to excessive laundering cycles can appear thin and worn and not offer the confidence they will protect the patient’s modesty. Modern patient apparel is designed with higher-performance synthetic fabrics for colorfastness and durability against becoming threadbare.

Comfortable, durable, and non-transparent apparel

Higher quality patient apparel can be efficient

The healthcare apparel products of today are unlike the uncomfortable, modesty-lacking relics of the past. Hospitals have the option to choose from many different products, in varying sizes and colors. They can even purchase apparel based on specific unit needs. When your hospital maintains a supply of patient apparel in sizes and textures that match the varying needs of your patient population, you waste less time, products, and laundering services while protecting your patient’s modesty. Gone are the days of doubling up on gowns or tracking down extra robes when you can accommodate each patient with one simple garment designed to fit their body.

Equally important, our reusable apparel is durable enough to withstand the commercial laundering process required to meet the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Environmental Infection Control in Health-Care Facilities guidelines. This helps keep the laundry management process efficient and cost-effective.

Encompass Group LLC has years of experience in serving the needs of our healthcare customers and our comprehensive patient apparel offering is unmatched in the industry. In collections such as our Impressions Patient Apparel, you will see our commitment to providing innovative, quality products that promote comfort and healing for all patients while promoting efficiency in hospital handling.

Call 1-800-245-4636 or email me today to learn more about the patient apparel options we offer to meet your patient and unit needs.


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