Cover up: Designer works to close hospital gowns

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - Federal law prevents hospitals from
revealing information on a patient, but hospital gowns occasionally
allow a patient to reveal too much of themselves.
The News & Observer of Raleigh reports that a North Carolina
State University design team is working to end the issue of partial
It's not the first time someone has tried to conceal what is
sometimes exposed because of the gown's flimsy fabric and loosely
tied open back. But North Carolina State textile design professor
Traci Lamar has the financial backing and research to develop a
restyled garment that could finally be practical for hospitals
across the country.
Lamar has been working on a solution since November 2006.
Researchers hope to have the product ready for market in about two

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