What can I do if I don’t have enough surgical gowns?

Face shields or goggles provide eye protection against transmission of coronaviruses in bodily fluids or respiratory droplets (World Health Organization, 2020).

Gowns are a crucial part of personal protective equipment for treatment of COVID patients.

When supplies of proper gowns run low, several options are available. Disposable paper gowns will likely break when taken off (doffed), so should not be re-used. Doffing and reusing a cloth gown may increase risk of exposure to the virus, but the evidence for this is lacking. When no gowns are available, other types of clothing can be worn or made to cover the sleeves and clothing such as laboratory coats, patient gowns, disposable coveralls, aprons combined with gowns, or sleeve covers combined with any of the above.

The ideal fabric is impermeable, such as a shower curtain, raincoat, plastic garbage bag, or bedbug sheet material. Gowns that are sewn can include ties at the neck and waist as well as gathers at the ends of the sleeves so they fit tightly. Make sure to inspect reusable gowns for wear or holes regularly and wash according to standard instructions for washing hospital linens. Gowns should be removed carefully to avoid contaminating the hands. Many ideas about how to make alternatives to gowns have appeared online of various degrees of reliability, usefulness, and practicality. Our team is looking at those online resources and has found a few that we feel are the most reliable and practical. Other online resources we found are also listed below.


Remove the gown carefully to avoid contaminating hands.


These are the TOP resources that our team found

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OTHER RESOURCES

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PPE Gown Alternatives – OTHER (7)


Sources Searched: Google, WHO website, CDC website

Search Terms: gown AND (covid OR coronavirus)

Research on coronavirus and COVID-19 is rapidly evolving. This page reflects evidence collected up to May 29, 2020.


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