What’s the Difference Between Isolation Gown Levels?
How to Pick the Right Isolation Gown to Limit COVID-19 Exposure
According to the CDC’s COVID-19 resources, selecting the correct level of isolation gown depends on the protection needed for the circumstances. For patients with suspected or confirmed cases of COVID-19, non-sterile, disposable patient isolation gowns, which are used for routine patient care in healthcare settings, are appropriate. For healthcare professionals engaging in activities where the risk of bodily fluid exposure is low or minimal, gowns that claim minimal or low levels of barrier protection (ANSI/AAMI PB70 Level 1 or 2) can be used. For situations where medium to high risk of contamination and need for a large critical zone, isolation gowns that claim moderate to high barrier protection (ANSI/AAMI PB70 Level 3) can be used.
When it comes to personal protective equipment, or PPE, it’s essential to get the right equipment for your circumstances. A critical component of an effective PPE strategy is an isolation gown, which is designed to prevent cross contamination and protect the wearer’s skin and clothing from infectious liquids and solids.
Level 1 Disposable Isolation Gowns
Gowns offering level 1 protection provide minimal protection and tend to be used in general hospital circumstances or when medical and healthcare workers are offering just basic care and don’t require sterile gowns. These gowns provide a slight barrier against fluids, but aren’t suitable for blood draws, ICUs, pathology labs.
Level 2 Disposable Isolation Gowns
Isolation gowns with level 2 protection are ideal for low risk circumstances like blood draws from veins or work in pathology labs and ICUs and don’t require sterile gowns. Level 2 gowns are tested by pressurizing the material used to make the gowns and by impacting the gowns with water. These gowns can block more fluid than level 1 gowns and are effective against fluid penetration that might occur through splatter or soaking.
Level 3 Disposable Isolation Gowns
Gowns with level 3 protection are ideal for moderate risk scenarios such as blood draws from arteries, inserting IVs, and ER or trauma work which require sterile gowns and equipment. These gowns are also effective against splatters and soaking. The same tests used for level 2 gowns are used to test the efficacy of level 3 gowns.
Match Your isolation Gown Level to the Circumstances
Especially during a global pandemic like COVID-19, it’s essential to have a successful PPE strategy in place. Isolation gowns are critical to keeping employees, medical personnel, patients, and the community safe, especially from infectious liquids. But while isolation gowns offer essential protection, it can be difficult to know which level of protection you might need from a gown. Be sure to match the ANSI/AAMI level to the circumstances when sourcing isolation gowns.
Please click below to see the isolation gowns that we offer. :
- Disposable Isolation Gowns (Green), 10 Gowns/Pack
- Yellow Isolation Gown. Pack of 10
- Primed AAMI Level 2 Isolation Gowns (10 Gowns/pack)
- PRI·MED® AAMI Level 2 Isolation Gown (10 Gowns/Pack)
- Ronco Level 3 Cover Me Gowns With Thumb Loops (50 Gowns/pack )