Surgical Gowns Highlighted in "60 Minutes" Investigation Quarantined by CDC

PUBLISHED: Aug 11, 2017

Multiple media outlets are reporting that the Haylard Health's MicroCool gown, used during the response to the 2014 Ebola outbreaks, and highlighted in a recently updated “60 Minutes” Investigation is now quarantined by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

According to a statement the CDC gave to “60 Minutes” “…at the request of the Strategic National Stockpile (SNS), the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) conducted an evaluation of a specific model of surgical gowns to determine if that model met the CDC recommendations for use while providing care to patients with Ebola virus disease.

Specifically, the evaluation assessed whether this gown model passed the Level 4 requirements of the American Standard Institute (ANSI) and the Association for the Advancement of Medical Instrumentation(AMMI) requirement for liquid barrier performance and classification standard for health care facility use.

The gowns are being quarantined within the SNS inventory and there are no current plans to use them.”

The CDC released the findings of their final report, Testing of Stockpiled ANSI/AAMI PB70 Level 4 Surgical Gowns: a link to that report is provided below.

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