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Isolation Gowns: Everything You Must Know

by | Jan 13, 2022 | Cleaning Products, Health

Ongoing pandemic has put a critical focus on disease control and personal protective equipment (PPE) as Senior Living communities seek to protect citizens, staff and visitors. Selecting PPE gowns or isolation gowns can be challenging when PPE is in total supply during established capacity times. The decision can be even more complicated during emergency capacity times with tens of gowns per day or even per shift. Here are some essential inquiries and considerations.

What Are Isolation Gowns?

The purpose is to help protect your frontline caretakers and staff from infectious droplets, liquid penetration and solids, and help control the transfer of microorganisms to weak residents.

  • A surgical gown is personal protective apparel intended to be worn by fitness care personnel during surgical techniques to protect both the patient and health care personnel from the transfer of microorganisms, body fluids, and particulate matter.
  • Non-surgical are Class I devices (exempt from premarket review) planned to protect the wearer from transferring microorganisms and body liquids in low or tiniest risk patient isolation situations. Non-surgical gowns are not worn during surgical operations, invasive strategies, or a medium to high risk of contamination.

Know The Level Of Protection Standards

There Are Four Levels Of Protection Standards Elicited 

Level 1: Minimal risk to be used, for example, during primary care, standard isolation, cover gown for callers, or in a typical medical unit.

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

Level 3: Situations with Moderate risk to be used, for example, during the arterial blood draw, inserting an intravenous (IV) line, in the crisis room, or for trauma cases.

Level 4: High risk, to be used, for example, during lengthy, fluid intense processes, surgery, when pathogen opposition is required or infectious diseases are presumed (non-airborne)

For Senior Living, Level 1 elemental fluid resistance is generally desirable to combat the spread of the pandemic. Having a higher level rating gown isn’t necessary as there isn’t an extensive risk of transferring blood or other bodily fluids. Consider a surgical gown with a higher-level rating for more advanced fluid-resistance requirements.

Purpose

During the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, primary purposes are to protect frontline Senior Living staff from the reach of COVID-19 and to protect the unexpected transfer of COVID-19 to other residents and staff. Level 1 elemental fluid resistance is often sufficient. 

Material

Materials used for these gowns? Typically cotton or artificial fabric like polyester (reusable isolation gowns), polyethylene, or polypropylene (disposable gowns). They can also be latex-free. Synthetic materials are generally better at blocking fluids and are favoured over cotton to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Clean vs. Sterile

Clean gowns are used for seclusion, while sterile gowns are employed for invasive approaches like inserting a central line. For COVID-19, a clean isolation gown works well.

How Easy Is An Isolation Gown To Put On And Remove?

The ease or difficulty to put on and removing a gown may affect its effectiveness and the potential for self-contamination. Most of these gowns are uncomplicated in designs and offer comfort while removing. The primary focus is to create a barrier between potential patients and the virus, and hence these gowns are essential. 

It is crucial to select gowns that will create barriers to keep everyone safe for safety and security. The frontline workers need it the most and even the visitors, as they can be highly vulnerable to contact and spread. To prevent the disease from spreading, the doctors and surgeons wear surgical gowns during regular operations; however, the need for seclusion from a widespread pandemic has forced everyone to be aware of isolation gowns and their functions.