When it comes to hospital drapes and gowns, leakage and strike-through can be a real risk to infection control.
Strike-through is when blood or other bodily fluids passes through a barrier material, such as a surgical drape or a disposable gown, and contaminates healthcare workers or equipment. Strike-through can pose several dangers in hospitals, such as:
- Transmission of infectious diseases
Blood and other bodily fluids can contain infectious agents such as bacteria and viruses. When these fluids strike-through a barrier material, they can come into contact with healthcare workers, increasing their risk of infection. This can be particularly dangerous for immunocompromised patients or employees who may be more susceptible to infections.
- Contamination of medical equipment
Strike-through can contaminate medical equipment, making them potential sources of infection for other patients. This is especially true for equipment that is difficult to clean, such as surgical instruments.
- Increased risk of surgical site infections
During surgery, it’s essential to maintain a sterile environment to prevent the introduction of pathogens into the patient’s body. Blood strike-through can compromise the sterility of the surgical field, increasing the risk of surgical site infections.
- Occupational hazards
Healthcare workers who come into contact with blood and other bodily fluids are at risk of exposure to hazardous materials, such as HIV, hepatitis B, and hepatitis C. Blood strike-through can increase the likelihood of exposure, which can have serious consequences for healthcare workers.
To minimise the risk, hospitals need to use appropriate, quality drapes and gowns that are resistant to strike-through.
That’s why our EasiDrapes and EasiGowns use a special blend of SpunMelt non-woven SMS fabric.
Unlike some of our competitors, our drapes and gown products are resistant to blood, water, fire and microbes.
But don’t just take our word for it, see for yourself: