New Hospital Gown Fashion Tailored to Save Your Life

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Planning on an overnight hospital stay or frequent there often?

Now you can bring along your very own personalized and stylish gown designed for comfort  around hospital environments like rooms and hallways.

The new cozy hospital gowns are named Secure Threads because they’re threads to secure against medical error.

“Several years ago my husband died because of medical error,” says the inventor of Secure Threads Jeanne Mattick, who doesn’t want anyone to experience the pain she suffered. “These gowns should help prevent medical error.”

The Institute of Medicine calculates medical error accounts for 98,000 deaths in the United States each year, “That really equates to a jet plane crashing every day,” says Mattick.

To reduce the chance of medical mistakes in America moving forward, Mattock came up with an idea for a personalized hospital gown embroidered in plain sight with patient’s vital medical information (Name, blood type, allergies, age, medical conditions and emergency contacts).

Secure Threads is not intended to be worn in surgery, rather during recovery and planned over night hospital stays.

Mattick says she wears her Secure Threads when alone around the house,  just in case of emergency.

“I think the idea is very good,” says Dr. Rachel Reitan at Tulane-Lakeside Hospital.

However, like any new medical invention, Dr. Reitan says she’d like to learn more before fully endorsing Secure Threads, “We always want to do evidence based medicine.  So we would have to do a study.”

Dr. Reitan encourages Mattick to keep pursuing the fight to reduce medical error, “The people that could really benefit from this are Alzheimer’s patients.”

Mattick says helping the elderly is part of the plan, “If they wander off, this would just help the police. It would help anyone who finds them.”

Secure Threads is based out of Chicago and Mattick already has  a patent pending, “You want to be sure that when you walk through the door of that hospital you are not one of those three or four people that has a medical error happen.”

Dr. Reitan wishes Secure Threads well, “Do the study. See if it actually makes a difference in medical errors.  If you can show that it did, then it’s a great idea. Go for it.”

Secure threads are available on-line now  for purchase.

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