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Why do we have split back gowns?

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Should split back gowns be a thing of the past? Why are they necessary and what do they achieve?

What do you think?

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  • Anonymous

    I had to wear one as a patient at the weekend, humilliating!

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  • Anonymous

    Split gowns should be a thing of the past! Lets start taking patient comfort and dignity into the 'can do' era and the 21st Century.

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  • Anonymous

    say no to split gowns

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  • Anonymous

    I thought it was because patients are hard to care for when they are bed bound and not wearing a backless gown

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  • Anonymous

    there must be other ways of making gowns with openings and ease of accessibility such as a side opening with ties for example

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  • THey wear assless gowns beacuse it's quick and easy for everyone. One you've done General Surgery (except Gynae) on men you'll know. In the end, they're the ones begging to stay in the gowns rather than you forcing them to wear it.

    To be honest, in terms of promoting and maintaining privacy and dignity the argument is moot. Often i have to invent their dignity for them then apply it to them retrospectively and speculatively for the rest of their stay.

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  • split gowns are necessary in cases of surgery, when working in the operating theatre splitgowns are essential, it is less of a struggle to get to the area to be operated, an unconcious patient can easily be injured if you are fighting to move the clothing out of the way, as they are not aware injury can occur, also care of patients who are unable to move in bed and need a lot of nursing care. These are just a couple of examples. So I say stop going on about if
    it is offensive or not, use your brain and be sensible.
    and accept that for the patient and the nurse it can be preferable, patient is not injured and the Nurse has also protection against muscel strain to herself.

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  • Anonymous

    in that case, above, perhaps there should be different gowns for surgical and bed bound patients and ambulant patients.

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  • have you ever struggled to put on pull on gowns with a back injury? It is pretty obvious why they are used really, one size more or less fits all, it is unisex, it has easy access, it is easy to quickly cover up again after being examined, it is not stolen (who would want one of those at home?) and it does not ride up.
    Dignity is something that nurses and doctors can help with by providing privacy and respect.

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  • Anonymous

    nurses can't be beside the patient the whole time and i have seen many a patient get out of bed or up off a chair with the back flapping open and sometimes a room full of visitors. this happens more commonly in the elderly who are perhaps less aware of it but it can cause embarrassment to all concerned. especially in the uk where there are mixed sex wards!

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