The surgical gowns are the most important component of the personal protective equipment and the second-most used piece after gloves.
Why do we need an OT Gown?
It is worn to protect the user from coming in contact with any infectious agents or illness through a patient. It may also help to prevent the wearer from transferring any micro-organisms which harm the susceptible patients with the poor immune system.
Must know while using an OT Gown
One should follow proper hand hygiene before and after using the surgical gown. The healthcare worker should always check whether the surgical gown covers whole clothing from front to back. They should also check if the gown fits securely.
One should not reuse the gown for the same or different patient even if they are reusable they should be used for a single time only. The surgical gowns that are contaminated should be removed and discarded in the designated area outside the patient’s room.
Make of an OT Gown
Commonly surgical gowns are made from a fabric called spun-bond melt-blown spun-bond (SMS). This fabric is light in weight and comfortable to wear and non-woven which provides a protective barrier. Most of the surgical gowns these days are disposable and made of various forms of synthetic fibres such as polyethene, polypropylene and polyester.
The surgical gowns have long sleeves with elastic cuffs and these also retain the sterile barrier between the surgical area and the surgeon’s clothes and uncovered arms. The gowns are made up of breathable tightly woven water-resistant fabric due to which there is a decrease in the bacterial count in the operating rooms.
Benefits of an OT Gown
- The gowns are soft, lightweight and durable.
- They are comfortable and easy to wear.
- The entire surgical gown has a front opening.
- Most of them are disposable but some are made of cotton and hence, can be reused when laundered and sterilized properly.
- The surgical gowns provide protection against the attack of virus, bodily fluids and blood.
- They are air and vapour permeable and water-resistant.
Frequently Asked Questions
1. Why are hospital gowns backless?
Hospital gowns are backless or have an open back because it allows the medical staff easy access to whichever part of the patient that is under treatment or needs treatment. It also makes it easy for removal even when the patient has IV lines into the arms.
2. What are medical gowns made of?
Hospital gowns are made of fabric that can resist repetitive laundering in hot water. Cotton is the most commonly used fabric to make hospital gowns. Disposable hospital gowns are made of thin plastic.
Where to buy it an OT Gown?
Surgical gowns are available in Hyderabad at:
TrueCare Surgicals (Store 1)
Address: H.No 1-100, G2, Hitech City main road, Opposite Indian Oil Petrol Pump, Madhapur, Hyderabad, Telangana 500081.
TrueCare Surgicals (Store 2)
Address: Nizampet X road, Near Sri Holistic Hospital, Behind Vasireddy Swagruha Foods, Kukatpally, Hyderabad, Telangana 500072.