Frequently Asked Questions

Teddy In hospital

Q. Concerned About Infection Control?

A. All of the infection control and high impact intervention observation reports have not shown any rise in infection rates.  

Q. How are the DGS laundered?

 A. The DGS are washed by commercial laundries and laundered in compliance with (CFPP) 01- 04 Part of the CFPP 01 Decontamination series. The DGS go through a thermal disinfection cycle that reaches 71ºC for at least three minutes or 65ºC for at least ten minutes.  

Q. Do The DGS have to be fastened prior to laundry?

 A, Part of the linen & laundry regulations state “no pre-sorting” of linen, so all items are washed as they are received. If DGS are received with hook & loops not together they will be washed as such.  Hospitals have reported that they have not experienced any colour fading, shrinking or major build-up of lint on the hook and loop, 

Q. Is tissue viability a problem?

A. There has been no reported issues. Patients find them comfortable to sleep in.

Q. Are the DGS easy to put on and use

A. The DGS have colour coded lozenges for ease of assembly - Navy for clinicians and white for patients. Reports back from patients are they are like pyjamas so easy to put on as there is no fiddly ties at the back. Hospital teams have reported that they were happier using the DGS as there was immediate access to the required part of the patient.

Q. Why are the DGS more expensive?

 A. The DGS are made from a good quality fabric which is soft for the wearer whilst being hard wearing and able to be washed at extremely high temperatures. There is a lot more production time involved in their manufacture and to maintain quality they are made in the UK.  Feedback has shown that although the initial outlay appeared higher than other patient gowns, the DGS have been washed in excess of 400 times, in use for over 48 months and still performing well, which makes the DGS an attractive economic alternative to current patient gowns which are mainly treated as disposable.