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How to Choose Isolation Gown

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The United States of Isolation Gown



Isolation gowns are personal protective garments intended to be worn by health care personnel or patients. Gowns can protect health care personnel from the transfer of microorganisms, body fluids, and particulate matter. Also, health care personnel wear gowns can provide a sterile or clean environment for patients' treatments.


A few common terms that refer to gowns include surgical gowns, isolation gowns, surgical isolation gowns, non-surgical gowns, procedural gowns, and operating room gowns.


In 2004, the FDA recognized the consensus standard American National Standards Institute/Association of the Advancement of Medical Instrumentation (ANSI/AAMI) PB70:2003, “Liquid barrier performance and classification of protective apparel and drapes intended for use in health care facilities.” New terminology in the standard describes the barrier protection levels of gowns and other protective apparel intended for use in health care facilities and specifies test methods and performance results necessary to verify and validate that the gown provides the newly defined levels of protection:


• Level 1: Minimal risk, to be used, for example, during basic care, standard isolation, cover gown for visitors, or in a standard medical unit

• Level 2: Low risk, to be used, for example, during blood draw, suturing, in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU), or a pathology lab

• Level 3: Moderate risk, to be used, for example, during arterial blood draw, inserting an Intravenous (IV) line, in the Emergency Room, or for trauma cases

• Level 4: High risk, to be used, for example, during long, fluid intense procedures, surgery,  when pathogen resistance is needed or infectious diseases are suspected (non-airborne)


Regardless of how the product is named ( isolation gown, procedure gown, or surgical gown) when choosing gowns, look for gowns with the desired level of protection based on the above risk levels.


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