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How long is my medical face mask effective?

The filtration efficiency and protective ability of a face mask is compromised when the mask becomes wet, torn or dislodged. Generally speaking, the higher protection value of a mask the longer it will maintain filtration; however, there is no set rule for how long a mask should be worn as it depends on humidity levels, respiration rate, nasal discharge, talking, etc. A medical face mask should be worn for only one patient procedure or visit. If a mask gets wet or soiled it should be replaced.

What is the purpose of an isolation gown?

A medical gown is intended to protect healthcare personnel and patients from the transfer of micro-organisms and particulate material.

I’ve heard other terms used for medical gowns like “hospital gowns,” “disposable gowns,” “surgical gowns,” “protection gowns,” etc. Are there differences between the terms used for gowns?

Medical Gowns, Isolation Gowns, and Hospital Gowns
These gowns are all members of the same family of products and offer protection against the transfer of microorganisms and particulate material. Depending on the level of protection of the product, they may be used for anything from janitorial work to being worn by visitors to healthcare providers changing dressings. They have a wide range of applications and styles that can be tailored to the end user’s needs. 

Reusable Gowns
Reusable gowns are simply ones typically fabric gowns that are disinfected and cleaned prior to re-wearing. Depending on the specific type of gown and its protection level (e.g. surgical versus isolation versus patient etc.) it may have a limited number of wearing and cleaning cycles before it must be disposed of. These are typically made of woven fabrics like cotton or other synthetic fibers. 

Single-use Gowns 
These gowns are disposed of after use. This makes their use and lifecycle significantly more straight forward from a facilities management perspective by avoiding the need to maintain or contract potentially costly laundering services. These as a rule of thumb tend to be made of nonwoven polymers and/or films.

Surgical Gowns
In Canada and several other jurisdictions, surgical gowns are generally worn during surgery and are usually supplied as a sterile product. In the United States, the FDA’s approach to the term is one more based on its protection level as opposed to its name. For example, a “surgical isolation gown” may not be sterile and may be used in areas where a higher degree of, whereas surgical gowns in the traditional sense of the name typically are. For further details, refer to "Requirements Concerning Gowns Intended for Use in Health Care Settings"

How long is my medical gown effective? When should I replace or dispose of a medical gown?

All RED Medical Supplies medical gowns are single-use. This means gowns should be disposed of and replaced if any type of fluid has soiled it, an object has penetrated the material, or if there is any type of abrasion on the gown.

What is diagnostic ultrasound?

Diagnostic ultrasounds are used as an imaging technique. It can be sub-divided into anatomical and functional ultrasound. An anatomical ultrasound, images internal organs and other structures (ex. fetus, heart etc.). A functional ultrasound (ex. Doppler, elastography etc.) combines information such as the movement of tissue or blood, softness or hardness of tissue, and other physical characteristics, with anatomical images to help doctors visualize changes/differences in function within a structure or organ.

What is the difference between Technical grade and USP grade alcohol?

Many companies have been using technical grade Isopropyl Alcohol or Ethyl Alcohol. This grade of alcohol is cheaper for manufacturers but has higher levels of contaminants that can cause irritation, excessive dryness, and allergic reactions. Make sure to only purchase hand sanitizers made with USP pharmaceutical grade alcohol.

What is Hydrogen Peroxide used for?

RED Medical Supplies Hydrogen Peroxide is a mild antiseptic used on the skin to prevent infection of minor cuts and scrapes. Effective in destroying (harmful) bacteria to provide antiseptic cleansing. Apply a small amount to wound one to three times daily.

What is the difference between the alcohol we drink and Rubbing Alcohol?

The kinds of liquors that you drink are not concentrated enough to actually disinfect surfaces and effectively remove germs and bacteria. Most commercial forms of vodka, for example, contain alcohol concentrations that hover around 40%. The minimum concentration for an effective antiseptic is 60%.
Our RED Medical Supplies Rubbing Alcohol is 70% and 99% alcohol.