Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) is a critical component of the hierarchy of controls used to protect people in the hospital environments. Gowns are critical elements of the PPE since they are the second-most-used piece of PPE, following gloves.
Isolation gowns are fabricated from either reusable (multiuse) or disposable (single use) materials. These two basic types of products each have advantages and disadvantages in terms of protection, maintenance, comfort, cost, and environmental impact. Within each of these categories, there is considerable variation in design and performance characteristics.
DISPOSABLE ISOLATION GOWNS
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REUSABLE ISOLATION GOWNS
Reusable (multiuse) isolation gowns are laundered after each use and typically made of 100% cotton, 100% polyester, polyester-cotton blends or vinyl.
Studies made comparisons of different materials (reusable, disposable), and with different wearers and produced mixed results. A consistent finding is that, although impermeable materials are effective in reducing transfer of microorganisms, the thermal comfort of the wearer is compromised.