Strategies for Optimizing Isolation Gown Supply: Contingency & Crisis

Grace Halsey

Supplies of isolation gowns for healthcare providers caring for patients with COVID-19 are so low that CDC recommends re-use of single-use gowns.

Isolation gowns are among the many essential pieces of personal protective equipment (PPE) at critically low levels in healthcare settings nationwide. A survey of member health systems by hosptial consulting firm Premier found that while approximately 50% of respondents reported having >1000 isolation gowns on hand, about 25% said they burn through that number in a single day; 17% of respondents had fewer than 250 gowns available.The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have published conservation protocols to stretch PPE supplies wherever possible. In the slides below we summarize the conservation and crisis strategies CDC recommends for ensuring a basic supply of isolation gowns.