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Nurses, take note: There’s a hot new product coming to many U.S. hospitals, and it’s going to make your job as a traveling nurse easier – because it makes the patients happier!

The product is Arizant Inc.’s Bair Paws, a layered-paper hospital gown that keeps the wearer warm by using a forced-air system to regulate the body temperature in the chilly operating rooms and other areas of the hospital.

These single-use gowns are easily self-regulated for temperature, and they also detach quickly from the hose that goes to the air pump – giving the patient more independence, and the registered nurses more freedom!  Bair Paws were also designed with lots of Velcro and ways of being opened, so that they can be adjusted in a variety of ways by doctors and RNs performing operations and other procedures.

The gown has other advantages, according to Arizant Web site:

“This budget-friendly gown can also help avoid the significant costs associated with the complications of unintended hypothermia, which has been shown to triple the rate of wound infection (SSIs), extend the length of hospital stay and increase mortality rates.”

About 1,700 facilities are using Bair Paws, with more being added every day, so the travel nurse is increasingly likely to encounter the gown on nurse jobs.  Therefore, it’s a good idea for RNs to become familiar with the product’s main features. Here is a patient Q&A for with basic facts about the gowns.

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2 Responses to “New High – Tech Hospital Gown Keeps Patients Toasty Warm”

  1. Tammy J Bailey Says:

    I have worn this gown (& socks) at Brookwood Hospital here in Birmingham, Alabama. I would just like to say it is a great idea. If you don’t want or need extra heat, you don’t have to have it. And if you do want a little extra warmth, you got it and unlike those blankets from the warmers, the Bair Paws gown stays warm. As the patient, you control the temp; no need to call a nurse for another blanket.

    I would picture a person (say getting ready for surgery) instead of the pic above. Pic above shows upper body warming, but this page is talking about the gown. Anyway, I love your product and I hope that if I have to go into the other hospital my docs use, they have Bair Paws! Good luck on continued growth.

  2. amy hayes Says:

    We have these gowns at our hospital and have found that many patients actually dislike them because they trap in heat due to the plastic inside the paper gown, which makes them sweat and become nauseated after surgery…esp. large men! Not at all worth the hype in my opinion!

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