New standards, research and innovations are reshaping how hospitals purchase surgical gowns. New pathogens and drug-resistant organisms, combined with an emphasis on reducing healthcare-associated infections (HAI), influence the need for hospitals to reevaluate gown purchasing decisions to optimize patient and staff safety, as well as cost effectiveness.
This white paper describes best practices for choosing surgical gowns. It summarizes standards and guidelines used by federal agencies and professional groups to govern the manufacture and use of gowns. The article helps purchasing managers and end-users ensure safety and cost effectiveness by following the most current research.