What is the purpose of an isolation gown?
An isolation gown is intended to protect healthcare personnel and patients from the transfer of micro-organisms and particulate material.
How long is a medical gown effective? When should it be replaced or disposed of?
All Medicom medical gowns are single-use products. That means that gowns should be disposed of and replaced if any type of fluid has soiled it, an object has penetrated the material, or if the gown is ripped, torn or damaged in any way.
Does the fit of an isolation gown matter?
Yes, proper fit of an isolation gown is very important. If a gown is too large; it can pose a tripping hazard for the wearer and expose too much skin around the neck. If it is too small, it will not provide adequate coverage and inhibit the wearer’s movement. A gown that is too small also risks tearing during use and exposing the wearer to harmful contaminants.
How can you ensure that your Medicom gown fits properly?
Most Medicom gowns come in a full range of sizes, including extra-large sizes. To determine whether you have chosen the correct gown size, check that there is no excess material dragging on the ground and that the gown feels comfortable and does not overly restrict your movements.
What are critical zones?
Critical zones are the areas of a gown that are expected to come into contact with fluid. For example, under PB70, a surgical gown’s minimum critical zone includes the front of the gown (chest to knees) and sleeves. Conversely for an isolation gown, the critical zone is the entirety of the gown, minus the cuffs, hems and bindings. Medicom’s AAMI rated isolation gowns are tested to the applicable standards on the material, at the seams and on the belt attachment location to ensure that the entire gown passes the AAMI standards.
Some gowns can make the wearer feel too hot. Does Medicom offer more breathable gown options?
Medicom gowns are made from some of the most innovative and highest quality gown materials on the market. While in general, a higher level of protection level means a warmer gown, Medicom carefully selects its gown fabrics to keep wearers comfortable while providing the required level of protection.
Are thumbloops important on a medical gown?
Thumbloops are designed to keep the gown in place under a wearer’s gloves to minimize the risk of fluid exposure to wrists use. Thumbloop gowns are recommended when the probability of fluid contact is high.