Surgical gowns are personal protective equipment (PPE) used by many people in health care. Surgical gowns are used by surgeons and the surgical team for all types of procedures. Modern surgical gowns provide a breathable, protective barrier for the surgeons and all health care providers.
Surgical gowns provide a barrier protection to prevent blood strikethrough and fluid contamination. Most surgical gowns are sterile and come in a wide variety of sizes and versions. Surgical gowns can be purchased alone or in bulk depending on the frequently of performed procedures (contact for bulk orders).
Surgical gowns are produced non-reinforced or reinforced. Non-reinforced surgical gowns are less durable and designed for surgical procedures with low to moderate fluid contact. These reinforced surgical gowns have reinforced protection in specific critical areas for more invasive and intense surgical procedures.
Surgical gowns cover and provide a barrier for important areas from the shoulders to the knees and wrists. Surgical gowns are usually made with Set-In sleeves or Raglan Sleeves.
Most surgical gowns are made from a fabric called SMS. SMS stands for Spunbond Meltblown Spunbond. SMS is a lightweight and comfortable non-woven fabric that provides a protective barrier.
Surgical gowns are usually rated by their AAMI level. AAMI is the Association of the Advancement of Medical Instrumentation. AAMI was formed in 1967 and they are a primary source of many medical standards. AAMI has four protection levels for surgical gowns, surgical masks, and other protective medical equipment.
- Level 1: is used for Minimal Risk of exposure situations, such as providing basic care and cover gowns for visitors.
- Level 2: is used for Low Risk of exposure situations, such as during common blood drawing procedures and suturing.
- Level 3: is used for Moderate Risk of exposure situations, such as surgical procedures and inserting an Intravenous (IV) line.
- Level 4: is used for High Risk of exposure situations, such as during long, fluid intense surgical procedures.
Health Supply is a leader in Medical, Rescue, & Industrial supplies. The ULTRA Reinforced Surgical Gown meets AAMI Level 4 Liquid Barrier Standard (i.e., meets ASTM 1671 standard for resistance to bacteriophage penetration within Critical Zones)*