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What is an Isolation Gown?

July 2, 2020

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Due to the global pandemic, isolation gowns play a central role in the fight against COVID-19. These gowns are designed to protect the wearer against the transmission of fluids, microorganisms and contaminants. Along with gloves, masks and face shields, isolation gowns are critical to the success of our infection-control strategies.

Gowns are rated by the AAMI from levels 1-4:

  • Level 1: Minimal fluid protection
  • Level 2: Minimal to low fluid protection
  • Level 3: Moderate fluid protection
  • Level 4: Highest fluid protection

Rated gowns are tested for key performance characteristics:

  • Fluid barrier performance
  • Tensile strength
  • Tear resistance
  • Seam strength
  • Water vapor transmission

It’s more important than ever for healthcare professionals to be equipped with the proper protective equipment to help reduce the spread of dangerous microorganisms and contaminants. Nurses and physicians use up to 28 gowns per day, disposing of them following each interaction with a patient.

That's 28 gowns per day for every single healthcare hero supporting the fight against COVID-19, globally.

Let that sink in for a moment.

The sheer amount of plastic waste that this generates is difficult to comprehend, and that's where we come in.

Smart Plastic has developed a proprietary, bio-based gown material that passes AAMI level 1, 2 & 3 tests, significantly reduces carbon impact and bio-assimilates the same as paper. This enables us to fight COVID-19 without filling our landfills and oceans with harmful plastic waste.

All gowns made with this material are 100% recyclable, FDA approved and purposefully designed for the circular economy.

We have partnered with Fairfield Processing Corporation to bring to market the Inspiration Gown™, a sustainably designed isolation gown, that's manufactured right here in the United States.

With the capacity to produce millions of gowns per month domestically, the Inspiration Gown™ represents the ability to support and protect the US economy, workforce and the environment.

To learn more about the Inspiration Gown™ by Fairfield and how to order, contact their PPE sales team today at ppesales@fairfieldworld.com.

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