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CDC Releases Strategies for Optimizing the Supply of Isolation Gowns

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued an update to urge health care facilities to promptly resume conventional practices for optimizing the supply of isolation gowns in health care settings when supply is limited. This update offers several strategies or options and includes added language in the section on prioritizing the use of gowns.

Updates include as of October 9, 2020:

  • Added considerations for returning to conventional capacity practices.

  • Moved the use of reusable (i.e., washable or cloth) isolation gowns to conventional capacity strategies.

  • Edited the section on consideration of the use of coveralls.

  • Added language to the section on prioritizing the use of gowns.

  • Moved the crisis capacity strategy of re-use of isolation gowns to the bottom of the list and added cautionary statements about the risks of this strategy on HCP and patient safety.

Please use the "CDC Strategies" link for more information available on the CDC website.


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