In this study, researchers from the University of California, San Francisco, examine the feasibility of transitioning back to reusable surgical gowns and the corresponding cost savings and reductions in solid waste.
Disposable surgical gowns were replaced with polyester reusable surgical gowns with AAMI level III barrier protection that were introduced into the OR workflow in two 3-week phases.
The two phases involved 223 sterile staff (103 surgeons and 120 scrub technicians) involved in 618 surgical procedures across two sites.
Among the findings:
If implemented, the researchers say they project that more than 30,000 pounds of solid waste would be averted annually, with associated cost savings from landfill aversion.Read More >>