Why Avoid Reusable Hospital Gowns

Why Avoid Reusable Hospital Gowns

It’s no secret that hospitals aren’t a very homey place. The bleak, impersonal rooms, while well-equipped for the medical professionals and hospital workers, aren’t designed for patient comfort. And neither are the reusable medical gowns given to patients for the duration of their stay. 

Whether you have a planned visit to the hospital for pregnancy or upcoming surgery, or an unexpected visit through the emergency room, your stay should be comfortable, warm, and healing. And while you can’t paint the walls of your hospital room or put down cozy carpeted flooring, you don’t have to wear reusable gowns.

In addition to comfort, here are six more reasons to avoid reusable patient gowns.

Six Reasons to Avoid Reusable Patient Gowns

1. Reusable Medical Gowns Aren’t Environmentally Friendly

Any time there is an opportunity to use something more than once, it benefits the environment, and hospital gowns are no different. Reusable patient gowns increase natural resource energy consumption, along with greenhouse gas emissions. Bluewater consumption and solid waste generation are also unnecessarily increased due to reusable medical gowns. These key environmental factors are a clear reason to avoid using reusable hospital gowns.

2. Reusable Medical Gowns Don’t Offer Privacy

Hospital reusable gowns were created with convenience in mind and not the comfort and privacy of the patient. This is clearly shown through the way they fit, which doesn’t offer much privacy to the person wearing one. There are already many other ways a patient’s privacy will be stripped during a hospital stay. Wearing a reusable gown shouldn’t be one of them. 

3. Reusable Medical Gowns Are Impersonal 

When a patient is trying to heal, the last thing they should have to think about is how bothersome and uncomfortable their hospital reusable gown is making them feel. Replacing a generic gown with a soft and comfortable personal hospital gown can improve patient satisfaction and help them heal.

4. Reusable Medical Gowns Aren’t Functional 

Hospital gowns may be functional for medical professionals who need access to a patient’s body a couple of times throughout the day. However, they are not functional for the patient who has to wear the gown throughout their entire hospital stay. Not only are they one-size-fits-all (and not every person is one size), but they easily fall off making it hard to move about the hospital as needed. 

5. Reusable Medical Gowns Make Patients Vulnerable 

You’ve probably seen it in a movie… an older, senile patient gets out of his hospital bed and starts walking down the hallway with his bum hanging out. And while it may be spun as a laughing matter in a show, during an actual hospital stay, these moments shouldn’t happen. Because of the way they’re designed, hospital reusable gowns often leave patients vulnerable and susceptible to embarrassment. 

6. Reusable Medical Gowns Increase Risk of Disease Transmission

Hospitals and medical facilities are often fast-paced and high-intensity environments. In the event that a medical professional gets sidetracked and leaves behind a reusable patient gown or misplaces a used reusable gown, it can increase the risk of disease transmission. 

The Good News: There is a Better Gown

At HUGGA, we strive to design hospital gowns and accessories to help patients feel their best during their hospital stay. On your journey towards healing, you should feel comfortable, secure, and cared for. The first step is finding a gown that makes you feel that way. Shop our full collection of hospital wear today, including hospital gowns and accessories like hospital grip socks. Or, gift a hospital care package to a friend or family member who could use a comforting gesture in their moment of healing.


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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