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How to Don a Surgical Gown

Surgical gowns are worn by medical professionals in healthcare settings. They come in a variety of materials and have different properties.  There are different gowns for different types of procedures or clinical settings. The main reason for using surgical gowns is to prevent the wearer from transmitting or being contaminated with microorganisms that could lead to infection.

Infection control determines that a large proportion of surgical gowns cannot be re-used and are thrown away after every procedure.  Surgical gowns are usually sterile and ready for use in surgery in a sterile setting.  Sterile gowns can be sterilised by using Gamma irradiation and more commonly Ethylene Oxide.

We have written a short guide to explain how a surgical gown is donned so that it does not become contaminated.

·         Pick up the folded gown from the wrapper being careful to touch the inside top layer only.

·         Place both hands into the armholes and sleeves, and then allow the gown to drop and unfold completely.

·         A theatre assistant can then pull the gown over the shoulders.  The nurse must only ever touch the inside of the gown

·         The assistant should then fasten the gown at the neck and tie the inner belt.

·         At this point, you can then don gloves.

·         After donning gloves grab the belt card which is holding the two ties across the front of the gown.

·         Remove the short tie from the card and keep it in one hand, then pass the belt card with the other tie to the theatre assistant, ensuring no contact is made.

·         They will pass the tie around the back of you and hand you back the card.  Let them tear off the cardboard and you can tie the ties in a bow at your waist.

·         At this point, your gown should be comfortable and secure at which point you can continue to the procedure.

For more information on sterile gowns please get in touch. We have stock of Spunlace reinforced surgical gowns and SMMS reinforced surgical gowns. 

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