Through a partnership with Canadian based Lac-Mac, Encompass Group LLC is offering significant innovations in reusable OR gowns and drapes in the U.S.
Paragon Style Level 4 Surgical Gowns are uniquely designed and incorporate R-MOR-Tex Liquid-Proof Barrier Fabric in critical zones and features a distinct neckline that wicks away moisture and eliminates chafing. Lac-Mac has an Industrial Design Patent in Canada and the U.S. for this gown.
The Lac-Mac reusable pouch drape is the only reusable drape pouch system on the market and the liquid-proof pouch can be incorporated into any of the Lac-Mac fenestrated drape products. Another new product is the reusable drape with disposable insert. This drape offers an opportunity for facilities currently using disposable drapes an easy way to transition into reusables. The concept means only one drape can be used as a multi-purpose procedural drape simply by changing the insert.
The OR is the biggest user of medical supplies in any facility. The decision to use disposable or reusable gowns, drapes and mayo covers can impact cost, infection control and staff comfort.
“In selecting drapes and gowns for a facility’s OR, there are four major considerations: safety, comfort, control of health care-acquired infections and cost,” said Janice Larson, Vice President, Clinical Resources – Acute Care at Encompass Group LLC. “All OR drapes and gowns are considered by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to be medical devices, and as such are held to AAMI and ANSI standards for protection against fluids and pathogens.”
“There are four Levels of barrier performance, from Level 1 (the lowest) to Level 4 (the highest). OSHA and CDC also have requirements for protective barriers,” she adds. “Disposable items must meet these performance standards for a single use. Reusable items must pass the tests to the end of its reuse cycle, typically 50 to 75 uses.” •