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The American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM), is an international standards organization that develops and publishes voluntary consensus technical standards for a wide range of materials, products, systems, and services.

The F23.40 Personal Protective Equipment ASTM Committee has formed a workgroup consisting of representatives from the FDA, CDC, NIOSH, Academic institutions, Professional Societies and Industry to develop a standard specification for non-sterile isolation gowns intended for use by health care providers for protection against minimal to moderate exposure to blood and other body fluids and pathogenic organisms as per Standard Precautions (Universal Precautions) and Transmission-based Precautions.

The first step in the development of the standard is researching the needs of frequent wears of Isolation Gowns. By participating in this research survey, your guidance and input is essential to the development of the isolation gown standard.

Thank You for participation in this brief survey.

1. In your current role, do you sometimes need to wear an isolation gown?
2. How often do you usually wear an isolation gown?
3. Please estimate the average length of time you wear an isolation gown during a typical period of use.
4. In your workplace, where do you wear an isolation gown? (check all that apply)
5. What types of isolation gowns does you facility provide?
6. In my opinion, when wearing an isolation gown my risk of exposure to blood and other potentially infectious materials should be:
7. In my opinion, when wearing the isolation gowns provided by the facility, my actual risk of exposure to blood or other infectious matter is:
8. Please identify any of the following areas where the isolation gowns you currently use restrict your freedom of movement or may be too tight (check all that apply)
9. To what degree does the type (disposable or reusable) of isolation gown impact your compliance with using it every time it should be worn?
10. To what degree do the design features of the isolation gown (e.g. thermal comfort, stiffness, ease of putting on and/or removal) impact your compliance with using it every time it should be worn?
11. Based on your observations, how often do clinical staff comply with the need to use an isolation gown in the designated circumstances?
12. Based on your observations, how often do visitors and/or family members comply with the need to use an isolation gown in the designated circumstances?
13. Based on your experience, rate each of the following isolation gown features according to its potential to either discourage correct use and/or be an obstacle to compliance with precautions.
5= Highly likey to be an obstacle4321= Highly unlikely to be an obstacle
Easy to put on and take off
Adequate barrier protection
Thermal comfort
Feel of fabric (or other material)
Time required to use and remove
Odor of the gown
How the gown fits
Restrcts mobility
Durability
14. Please describe the types of failures you have encountered when using isolation gowns (check all that apply)
15. How many years have you worked in infection prevention?
16. My primary area of employment is (choose only one):
17. In your current role are you responsible for educating and training others about the correct use of isolation gowns?
18. Please list one thing about isolation gowns that could be improved that would increase the compliance with their correct use:
19. Please tell us any other suggestion you have to imporve the design, safety and better compliance with the use of isolation gowns.
20. Are you familiar with the 2009 ANSI/AAMI standard PB70:2003(R) that addresses "liquid barrier performance and classification of protective apparel and drapes intended for use in health care facilities?"
21. All isolation gowns have an AAMI rating number. Please indicate the AAMI rating level of the isolation gowns you most frequently use.
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