Hale: An Upgrade on Patient Attire

Mariam Ibrahim


Hale: An Upgrade on Patient Attire aims to create a conversation around the potential development of the hospital gown and to predict, using simple solutions, what could potentially become the future of the patient gown. It features a series of garments designed to improve a patient’s sense of wellbeing during their hospital stay whilst being supremely functional, allowing easy handling by both patient and doctor, while adhering to strict sanitation requirements. The first is a disposable gown, for use before, during, and immediately after surgery. The second is a launderable gown for stable patients, and the third is a sensor gown, which unobtrusively tracks the patient’s blood oxygen level, body temperature, position and pulse. This information is then relayed on to a web app every 10 to 30 seconds as opposed to the manual monitoring that is exercised in hospitals—taken every 12 hours on average—leaving a gap of unmonitored time in a patient’s stay. Thus, using simple devices, it relieves the burden of both societal and diagnostic problems including restrictive hospital sensors and round-the-clock health surveillance leading to rapid and more informed diagnoses.


Supervised by Ghalia El-Srakbi
Programming consultant: Mina Habib Hanna

Mariam Ibrahim (1996, Cairo, EGY) is based in Cairo since 2015 and completed a Bachelor of Arts in Graphic Design with a minor in Arab & Islamic Civilizations at the American University in Cairo (2019). Mariam is a multi-disciplinary context driven designer who combines empathy with evidence-based innovation to create experiences that are impactful, scalable and contextually relevant. Her general focus is design for social impact in relation with aspects of identity, culture and gender.