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Title: Development of new anti-strip jumpsuit for the residents with mental disorders
Authors: Ho, CP 
Issue Date: 2019
Abstract: One function of anti-strip jumpsuit is to prevent the wearer from disrobing. However, nurses at some care centres reported that current anti-strip jumpsuits do not address this problem because:
-The residents can take off their diapers and soil themselves
-The fabric of current jumpsuits is not comfortable for residents
-The fabric and accessories are not durable under a rigorous laundering and drying procedures
In this project, new functional anti-strip garments were designed for residents staying at care centres of the Tung Wah Hospital Group, a collaborative charity group in Hong Kong. Many residents in these centres have mental and/or physical disorders. The new design not only solved the main problems of the current anti-strip jumpsuit but also enabled residents to dress smarter.
The research team analysed data from a focus group interview with carers, nurses, and family members of residents. Wearer trials involving 30 participants were conducted to test the design. A list of fabric tests were also designed to ensure that the quality of fabric and accessories were suitable for this specific type of garment. Finally, 500 sets of new jumpsuits (8 styles) were produced for approximately 200 residents living in more than 30 care centres in Hong Kong in an effort to improve their comfort and hygiene. Additionally, a new image was successfully created for the residents to improve their overall appearance. The product specifications, testing requirements, and the details of fabric properties were listed in the technical manual for future re-ordering of the garments.
The impact of the research was not limited to academia or collaborators, but has also benefited the entire community. The project leader was invited to write a book chapter to share the knowledge he gained throughout the project to inform other carers who care for persons suffering from dementia residing at home.
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