Liquid Barrier and Thermal Comfort Properties of Surgical Gowns
For many years, protective garments have been worn by surgical personnel to prevent the contamination of the patient from microorganisms. More recently, medical personnel have been concerned about being exposed to diseases from the body fluids of the patient [e.g., hepatitis B (HBV), human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), and acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS)]. The Association of Operating Room Nurses and testimony at the preliminary hearings of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration have recommended that surgical gowns repel all of the body fluids typically found in the surgical setting (1,2). Consequently, the liquid barrier properties of fabrics used to produce these protective garments need to be measured so that these products can be compared by hospital personnel.
KeywordsNonwoven Fabric Bovine Blood Liquid Penetration Surgical Environment Thermal Manikin
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