Staff & patient safety

Choosing the right surgical gown is a balance between protection and comfort

By: Mölnlycke Health Care, January 9 2012Posted in: Staff & patient safety

Surgical gowns are designed to protect patients and staff from cross-contamination, so protection is crucial when choosing a surgical gown. However, an uncomfortable surgical gown could put an entire procedure at risk – and comfort is a complicated thing.

Material that is breathable, soft, quiet and flexible enables staff to remain focused on the job at hand. And ergonomic elements improve the fit of the gown and provide greater freedom of movement.

Mölnlycke Health Care has incorporated ergonomic elements into several* of our BARRIER® surgical gowns, including:

Shoulder pleats on surgical gownForward facing sleeves surgical gownLong sleeves on surgical gown 
Shoulder pleats Forward facing sleeves Long sleeves

 * Ultimate, Fluid Protection Plus and Classic

Choosing the right surgical gown for the right procedure

Our range has been designed to provide the optimum combination of protection and comfort - from short, low-risk simple procedures to long, complicated high-fluid procedures. All BARRIER surgical gowns comply with both EN137951 and AAMI2.

Protection requirements vs. comfort requirements when choosing a surgical gown table

References

  1. European Standard EN 13795:2011 Surgical drapes, gowns and clean air suits, used as medical devices for patients, clinical staff and equipment – General requirements for manufacturers, processors and products, test methods, performance requirements and performance levels.
  2. ANSI/AAMI PB70:2012 Liquid performance and classification of protective apparel and drapes for use in health care facilities.3. FQN material study on competitor gown materials, SMS around 50-55 gsm, 2010.
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