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How to pick a patient gown?

  • Although the surgeon / patient gown and other apron may be considered the additional gears for healthcare professionals, the way you choose and use these apparels is extremely important to the safety and professional performance in healthcare environments.

Aprons and Gowns – Functions

  •  The aprons or gowns are required in any times you have close contact with patients, materials or equipment that may lead to the contamination of skin, uniforms or other clothing to infectious agents, bodily liquid or substances. As a rule, the aprons or gowns are used upon entering the room of patients or operation theaters.

Aprons Types 

  •  The plastic apron is designed for single use, and disposable. It is designed to be fluid resistant. The plastic apron is required to be used in low-risk cases where they may be possibilities of clothing exposed to blood or body substance. This gear is advised for contact precautions in general use.

Gowns Types

  • The plastic gowns are designed to be disposable for single use. It is worn to protect skin and clothing possible splashing or sprays of blood, or bodily substances.
  • The full body gown or the gowns with different lengths of sleeves depending on the procedure being undertaken.
  • Pre-packed, sterile gowns are required for aseptic cases.

How to choose and how to wear aprons/ gowns

  • Three main factors to consider in picking the best apron / gown for your needs:
    1. the volume of body substances or liquid likely to be encountered
    2. the extend and type of exposure to blood, and body substance
    3. the type and route of transmission of infectious agents
  • When you wear a fluid-resistant, full-body gown, you always have to wear in combination with gloves and another PPE indicated.
  • Remove aprons or gowns before leaving the patient-care areas in order to prevent any possible contamination.
  • The gears have to be changed between individual patients.
  • When removing them, you have to remove them in a manner to prevent any contamination of clothing or skin: the outer ‘contaminated’ side of the gown has to be turned inward and rolled into a bundle, and then discarded in a designated area.
  • The new aprons and gowns have to be stored in the clean, dry and contamination-free areas.

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