Disposable, single use gowns and drapes, regardless of the material used to manufacture them, must be resistant to liquid and microbial penetration and registered with the FDA. Repellency and pore size of the fabric contribute to gown performance, but performance capability can also be influenced by the item’s design and construction. When selecting a barrier product, the repellency level and the type of barrier should be compatible with the exposure expected. CDC offers no recommendations regarding the use of disposable fabrics and textiles versus durable goods.1
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