Richmond Dental and Medical Introduces Reusable Isolation Gowns
Company Rises to Meet Marketplace Need for PPE
December 7, 2020 (CHARLOTTE, NC) In light of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, Richmond has unveiled a reusable isolation gown to meet high demands for personal protective equipment (PPE). The gown, which is made in the USA with a 65 percent polyester and 35 percent cotton blend, is a verified Association for the Advancement of Medical Instrumentation (AAMI) PB70 Barrier Protection Level 1 garment. It has also been authorized by the FDA under an Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) for use as PPE in healthcare settings.
In 2019, the North American PPE market was estimated at $1.34 billion and is expected to grow at a rate of 8.3 percent annually from 2020 to 2027. Rising healthcare costs, increased awareness of infectious disease, and the coronavirus pandemic are all factors driving the demand for healthcare PPE.
Cotton is expected to dominate the antimicrobial hospital textile market, which is estimated at $7.1 billion. Due in large part to cotton’s natural comfort, it is the most used material type in this market, with attire being the most common application. PPE attire is critical in protecting healthcare workers and preventing hospital-associated infections (HAIs).
Compared to disposable PPE gowns, Richmond’s reusable isolation gowns are:
- More economical
- More reliable with regard to supply inventory
- Softer and more comfortable
It is also crucial to understand the importance of Richmond’s PPE gowns being AAMI-certified. With more than 52 percent of isolation gowns from global suppliers failing to meet U.S. standards, it is essential to purchase PPE from a reputable company. The ECRI Institute, a patient safety organization, recently found that more than half of disposable gowns from international or nontraditional suppliers failed to meet even the lowest AAMI standards. ECRI warned that purchasing gowns from such suppliers may put healthcare employees at risk.
“We’re excited to better serve healthcare workers in a time of great need,” stated Brad Fekete, Vice President of Sales and Marketing at Richmond Dental and Medical. “With so much strain placed on the health sector right now, the last thing companies should have to worry about is whether or not their supplier is reliable. Thankfully, Richmond is a supplier that you can trust.”
The reusable isolation gown can be laundered through industrial or home wash at least 25 times. It is a Kimono-style garment with curved armholes and elastic sleeve ends containing natural rubber latex. This product is not effective for the prevention or treatment of COVID-19, but has received emergency use authorization from the FDA due to PPE shortages.