Year of Publication

2021

Degree Name

Master of Science in Retailing and Tourism Management (MSRTM)

Document Type

Master's Thesis

College

Agriculture, Food and Environment

Department/School/Program

Retailing and Tourism Management

First Advisor

Dr. Elizabeth Easter

Abstract

The purpose of this research was to evaluate the performance of commercially available reusable Level 2 isolation gowns over the product’s lifecycle by assessing the ability to protect at an AAMI Level 2. The performance of the gowns was evaluated to determine if they met the required specifications of the AAMI and ASTM standards. Seventy-two commercially available Level 2 reusable gowns from six sample groups were evaluated. The results of testing the barrier and durability performance were compared to the specification of ANSI/AAMI PB70:2012 and ASTM F3352 – 19. Gowns were evaluated initially, and after 5, 10, 25, 50, and 75 laundering cycles. All evaluations were completed in a Textile Testing Laboratory according to AATCC and ASTM standard test methods. Five out of six sample groups met specifications for ANSI/AAMI PB70:2012 over their lifecycle, whereas one out of six groups met specifications for ASTM F3352 – 19. In conclusion, commercially available reusable Level 2 isolation gowns are protecting at an AAMI Level 2; however, specifications could be improved.

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

https://doi.org/10.13023/etd.2021.389

Funding Information

This study was supported by the John I. and Patricia J. Buster Fellowship in 2020 and 2021.

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