The affected person security group ECRI discovered half of the disposable robes well being methods bought from worldwide or non-traditional suppliers throughout the COVID-19 pandemic do not meet requirements of safety.
The pandemic has strained the supply of disposable robes, that are utilized by medical workers when getting into rooms with COVID-19 sufferers to guard themselves from splashes or spray. Some suppliers have responded to the scarcity by buying from new distributors abroad. ECRI analyzed 170 of those robes representing 34 fashions and located half of people who claimed a degree of safety did not meet requirements for liquid barrier safety. Total, 52% of robes that did not state any requirements failed to satisfy probably the most fundamental safety ranges.
“There are in all probability tons of, if not hundreds of distributors on the market, so we aren’t claiming any statistical relevance right here, nevertheless it’s clearly regarding that half of the merchandise investigated aren’t dwelling as much as comparatively low customary ranges,” mentioned Dr. Marcus Schabacker, CEO of ECRI.
ECRI obtained the robes from its well being system members that bought them.
Because the U.S. experiences a second wave of COVID-19 this fall, robes could also be in brief provide for sure areas and ECRI is advising suppliers to not buy from worldwide or non-traditional suppliers. If the supplier has no different choices, ECRI is advising to solely use these robes in low-risk conditions.
ECRI was occupied with this matter after working with a Philadelphia hospital that bought robes from a provider outdoors the U.S. throughout the pandemic. Once they arrived, they acknowledged, “Not for medical use.” Clinicians have been apprehensive and wished them to be examined, which ECRI helped with.
Schabacker mentioned the chance of COVID-19 contamination due to a substandard robe is low nevertheless it’s nonetheless an unsafe scenario for the clinician who might soil their scrubs with bodily fluids. “It is not as dangerous as a failing masks, which has a direct affect for the healthcare employee, nevertheless it’s certainty not a fascinating scenario,” he mentioned.
ECRI has earlier expertise testing robes for cover requirements in its lab. ECRI makes use of the requirements from the not-for-profit Affiliation for the Development of Medical Instrumentation to find out if a robe is assembly safety ranges or not. Schabacker mentioned these requirements are well-known and acknowledged within the trade.