The shortage of medical equipment (such as isolation gowns or face masks) and healthcare professionals caused by 2020 coronavirus pandemic has quickly become a major issue of the pandemic.
As the number of coronavirus cases in Canada continues to increase and community transmission is confirmed, many people are raising concerns about community safety and its impact on lasting damage.
The lack of protective equipment is felt by people from all walks of life and business who want to protect their families or their employees from the COVID 19 pandemic. As a result, many have resorted to buying protective equipment online which, due to increased demand, led to great delays in deliveries and the creation of new stock shortages. These circumstances have created a new issue which is an increased jump in the price of protective equipment that has put many in a condition where they cannot afford to buy large quantities of the required goods. Additionally, in the absence of reliable local sources, many Canadians turned to unreliable suppliers from China, ordering isolation gowns from suspicious websites. Hundreds of thousands of people ordered online without really knowing how an isolation gown should look like and what materials it should be made of.
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Healthcare professionals treating patients with infectious diseases, such as coronavirus (COVID-19), are especially at high risk of infection. They use personal protective equipment (PPE) to protect themselves from coughing and sneezing drops or other body fluids from infected patients, and contaminated surfaces that could infect them.
Personal protective equipment of healthcare professionals in contact with patients with COVID 19 depends on the workplace:
I. level of protection - refers to triage and general outpatient departments. Personnel working on these locations must wear disposable surgical caps, disposable surgical masks, work uniforms, disposable surgical gloves and, if necessary, disposable isolating clothing.
II. degree of protection - refers to staff working in the outpatient ward for infectious diseases, emergency department, outpatient ward for respiratory diseases, isolation wards, non-respiratory diagnostic examinations of potential patients, imaging examinations of potential patients, disinfection of surgical instruments of potential patients. Personal protective equipment consists of a disposable surgical cap, a medical protective mask, a work uniform, disposable medical protective clothing, disposable latex gloves and goggles.
III. degree of protection - medical staff performing procedures that expose secretions from the airways, blood, or other body fluids (e.g. tracheal intubation, tracheotomy, bronchoscopy, laryngoscopy, gastro endoscopy, etc.), at autopsy or surgery of an infected and/or potentially infected patient. Personal protective equipment consists of: a disposable surgical cap, a medical protective mask, work uniforms, disposable medical protective clothing, disposable latex gloves and full-face respiratory protective devices or a respirator for air purification.
When taking samples from the respiratory system in suspected patients, staff must wear protective medical face shields based on II. degree of protection.
Isolation gowns are designed to be discarded after one use and are typically made of non-woven materials alone or in combination with materials which provide increased protection against penetration of liquids, such as plastic films. Various forms of synthetic fibres (for example, polypropylene, polyester, polyethylene) are used for the manufacturing of disposable isolation gowns.
Isolation gowns are used to protect clothing from healthcare professionals, visitors, and clients, patients or residents against the transfer of microorganisms and bodily fluids, should be tear-resistant and effectively prevent moisture penetration.
In Canada, all medical gowns are medical devices class I, because they present the lowest potential risk (class I corresponds to the risk lowest potential, while class IV corresponds to the highest potential risk).
Isolation gowns must have long sleeves, cover the body front and back, from neck to thighs, overlap on the back, tie at the neck and back and be easy to put on and take off. All healthcare workers should receive training on how to put on and take off PPE safely, including the isolation gown. Disposable isolation gowns are usually made of non-woven materials or a combination of materials that provide increased protection against liquid penetration (e.g. plastic wrap). Various types of synthetic fibers (e.g. polypropylene, polyester, polyethylene) are used in the manufacture of disposable isolation gowns.
Reusable isolation gowns (multi-use) are washed after each use and manufactured 100% cotton, 100% polyester, or polyester-cotton blend tightly woven fabric. They are generally chemically treated and can be pressed between rollers to improve their impermeability to liquids.
It is important to remember to remove isolation gowns after providing care to a client, patient, or resident, then deposit it in a container appropriate for cleaning between each client, patient, or resident or place it in a container for safe disposal.