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Pros & Cons of Reusable vs Disposable Isolation Gowns

Regardless of what brings you to the hospital, you’ll likely be asked to wear a hospital isolation gown intended to protect you and hospital workers from the transfer of microorganisms, which can cause illness. However, both washable isolation gowns and disposable gowns do have some setbacks, especially for the patient. Let’s dive into the pros and cons of the different types of isolation gowns and find the solution to your hospital gown needs. 

Yes, Your Isolation Gown of Choice Really Matters

There are benefits and drawbacks to the type of hospital gown you choose to wear. (And yes, you do have a choice when it comes to your hospital attire, which we will discuss in a moment.)

Pros of Washable Isolation Gowns

The benefits of reusable isolation gowns are primary for the hospital itself. For example, a washable isolation gown is less expensive because patients can use them multiple times. Additionally, this is a sustainable option proven to be better for the environment and produce less waste. 

Cons of Washable Isolation Gowns

While there are reasonable benefits to washable hospital gowns, there are also some drawbacks. Reusable isolation gowns increase the risk of cross-contamination between patients, doctors, nurses, and other hospital workers such as the laundry attendants who handle the gowns. If not properly handled and cleaned, there is a high risk of exposure to bloodborne pathogens from contaminated gowns. 

Pros of Disposable Isolation Gowns

The benefits of disposable isolation gowns mimic the cons of reusable ones. Because disposable gowns are thrown away after every use, there is less risk of cross-contamination. Additionally, these gowns are made with protective fabric that easily repels water and other fluids. 

Cons of Disposable Isolation Gowns

While isolation gowns that are disposable may add a layer of protection for both patients and healthcare workers, they are not environmentally friendly. Additionally, because they are often disposed of in a patient’s room, a soiled gown may be in the trash for an extended time before it is disposed of appropriately. 


The HUGGA Isolation Gown Provides All the Benefits Without the Drawbacks

Isolation gowns that are disposable offer just about the same amount of pros and cons as washable isolation gowns. So, how do you choose which is the better option? You may think you simply have to go with whichever type of isolation gown your hospital or healthcare facility provides to you. Fortunately, that is not the case. As a patient, you have the right to choose what you wear during your hospital stay. And thankfully, there is an option that has all the benefits and provides solutions to the setbacks of other types of hospital gowns. 

The HUGGA Difference–For You, Hospital Workers, and the Environment

HUGGA’s reusable isolation gowns are better for the environment, just like a hospital’s washable isolation gowns. That’s a good thing, but the benefits just keep going. 

When you purchase a HUGGA isolation gown, you don’t have to worry about sharing that gown with another patient. It is yours. You are the only one who is going to wear it. Cross-contamination between you and other patients or hospital workers is not a concern. If you know you’re going to have an extended hospital stay, you can purchase two gowns, so you always have one to wear while a family member or friend takes yours home to wash it in your laundry machine–not one shared with other people’s gowns. Additionally, HUGGA’s isolation gowns are made with hospital-grade antimicrobial material, so they protect you just as well as isolation gowns that are disposable. 

With HUGGA, you don’t have to worry about cross-contamination or harming the environment. Plus, you also get to experience additional benefits that standard hospital gowns don’t offer. HUGGA gowns are designed with patient comfort and privacy in mind. Whether you need a high-quality labor and delivery gown for when you bring your child into the world or a practical gown that allows hospital workers to do their job but is functional for an extended hospital stay, we’ve got what you need. 

Hospital Clothes are Better When They’re Yours

Going to the hospital for any reason can be stressful and overwhelming all on its own. Why not bring a little comfort and familiarity to the situation by wearing hospital clothes that are yours and yours alone? At HUGGA, we don’t only provide high-quality reusable isolation gowns but a hospital robe and hospital grip socks to wear with them, so you can be comfortable and protected from head to toe.

Whether you are purchasing isolation gowns to wear at home or the hospital, for yourself or a loved one, check out our hospital care package selection. You can bundle your favorite hospital items together and give yourself or a loved one the gift of comfort. 


Yonathan Azran 

Yonathan is Founder and CEO of HUGGA. He was diagnosed with acute Crohn's Disease at age 7 and spent most of his young life in and out of hospitals. He recognized the critical gap in hospital care and decided to launch HUGGA, thereby revolutionizing patient wear by focusing on the actual patient experience from the patient's point of view.


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