August 8, 2018

Environmental considerations for reusable vs disposable isolation gowns

By: Judy Mathias

Editor’s Note

Selecting reusable isolation gowns may result in significant environmental benefits compared with disposable gowns, this study finds.

This analysis of 1,000 isolation gowns in a healthcare setting (24 reusable gowns from 8 suppliers, 16 disposable gowns from 5 suppliers) found that the reusable gowns resulted in a:

  • 28% reduction in energy consumption
  • 30% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions
  • 41% reduction in blue water consumption
  • 93% reduction in solid waste generation.

By selecting reusable gowns, healthcare organizations can add quantitative benefits directly to their sustainability scorecards, the researchers say.

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