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Edison Nation Medical, a Carolinas HealthCare System Partner, Secures Licensing Agreement for New Hospital Gown
Date
11/25/2013
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See a demonstration of the GoGown™

Edison Nation Medical announced this week a licensing agreement with Medline Industries, Inc. for the GoGown™, a revolutionary disposable isolation gown designed by healthcare entrepreneur Ginny Porowski to reduce the risk of hospital-acquired infections (HAIs).

In July 2012, Carolinas HealthCare System partnered with Edison Nation, a product developer and online social community for inventors, to form Edison Nation Medical, LLC (ENM). ENM is a unique platform for physicians, nurses and other caregivers, as well as patients, throughout the country to submit ideas to further medical innovation.

Registered nurse Ginny Porowski knew that used gowns and gloves, intended to protect healthcare workers and patients, were potential vehicles for spreading contaminants. This led to her idea for the GoGown.

Hospital-acquired infections, also known as point-of-care (POC) infections or nosocomial infections, are not present prior to hospital admission, and occur during a patient’s hospitalization. According to a 2011 article, in Infection Control Today, up to 70 percent of certain HAIs may be preventable with evidence-based strategies.

“I invented the GoGown because current disposable gowns do not control for safe containment and disposal, which can lead to cross contamination and infection,” said Porowski. “The GoGown’s unique interior panel is what enables the wearer to safely and quickly wrap it into a small bundle that can be discarded in such a way to minimize the risk of exposed contaminated areas, decrease trash volume and provide a cleaner patient environment.”

The GoGown has two issued U.S. patents and has patents pending in the European Union, Canada, India and China.

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