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  • Writer's pictureDr. Shriniwas Deshpande

Why to change to hospital clothes before surgery

Patients are typically asked to change into hospital clothes before surgery for a few reasons:

  • Ensures that the patient is properly covered during the procedure. This is important for maintaining patient dignity and privacy.

  • Sterilization: Hospital clothes are typically made of a special material that can be easily cleaned and sterilized. This helps to reduce the risk of infection.

  • Safety: Hospital clothes are designed to be loose-fitting and have snaps or ties that can be easily opened by medical staff in case of an emergency.

  • Access : Allows the surgical team to have better access the surgical site. This is especially important for procedures that involve incisions in the chest, back, or groin area. Wearing hospital clothes also allows the surgical team to better monitor the patient's vital signs and to more easily access the patient's IV or other medical equipment.

  • Convenience: Hospital clothes are designed to be easy to put on and take off, making it more convenient for patients who may have limited mobility or are experiencing pain.

  • Comfort: Hospital clothes are designed to be comfortable and non-restrictive, allowing patients to move freely and avoid any discomfort during the procedure.

  • Standard : Lastly, it is a standard practice in the operating room and it helps to maintain the safety and the orderliness of the operating room.

It's important to note that patients will usually be asked to remove any jewellery, glasses, contact lenses, and other personal belongings before surgery, and will be provided with a gown, slippers, and other garments that are appropriate for the procedure.

It's important to note that some hospitals may have specific policies and guidelines regarding what patients are allowed to wear during surgery, and it is important to follow these guidelines for the safety and well-being of the patient and the surgical team.

It's important to follow the instructions provided by your surgeon or nursing staff and to arrive at the surgical unit in appropriate attire as this will help ensure the safety and comfort of the patient, as well as the success of the surgical procedure.


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