Over seven years ago, I was working at a startup when a colleague of mine shared some painful news. His younger brother had been diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, a type of cancer that starts in your white blood cells. His treatment was delivered through a PICC line - a long, thin tube that’s inserted through a vein in your arm - and in order to help keep it secure, his doctor recommended he wear a cut up tube sock on his arm to hold it in place. This, I learned, was not a unique tactic: around the same time, more of my loved ones were told to do the same thing! I couldn’t believe that a more sterile and medically superior solution had not been developed.
I was shocked by the lack of dignity and support these people experienced as they fought through perhaps one of the hardest periods of their lives. That’s what led me to start Care+Wear and to bring together friends, family, and colleagues who were doctors, nurses, fashion designers, and patients to create something that not only made them look good, but feel good too. It’s this inspiration that has motivated us at Care+Wear to constantly strive to understand both the patient and clinician experience, and to learn how we can improve upon it – to do that, our first step is to listen. That means listening to the patients in hospitals undergoing treatment for chronic conditions like cancer. That means listening to clinicians about what they need most during their grueling 12+ hour work shifts. And that means listening to you. So, we’re asking for your help.
The COVID-19 pandemic has further exacerbated the fears and stress of going to a hospital for clinicians and patients alike. That’s why we want to hear from you about your experience at a hospital or while getting medical treatment -- so we can identify the ways we can make your healthcare journey better. Patient experience is at the core of everything we do at Care+Wear; with your help, we hope to better understand what’s missing from healthcare.
Our PICC line covers have dramatically improved the patient experience: they not only decrease line migrations and prevent infection, but allow patients to dress and feel more like themselves. Since designing this first innovative product, we have expanded our collection: creating quality shirts and sweatshirts for easy chest port access, debuting fashionable and functional scrubs, and so much more. With your input, we can continue our mission to restore dignity and comfort to those living with long-term illnesses, disabilities, or cancer. My mission in creating Care+Wear has been – and always will be – to enable people to feel like themselves again, and allow them to get back to living their lives. I hope you will join me.
Fill out our patient experience survey here! Together, let’s change the way the world looks at and feels about healthcare.