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The New Normal — PPE Gown Shortage

April 30, 2020
by Transitions Group

The dental community’s concern continues to rise regarding the PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) supply and availability for their return to work, as mandated by their respective governing bodies.

Today, we review an essential PPE item that is in high demand and also has a critical shortage issue – Gowns. Apparently, a U.S. recall in January of 9 million Chinese surgical gowns is one of the reasons why there is a current shortage. The increasing demand and lack of supply have pushed disposable gowns (which were in the past < $1) to 10-15 times the cost for COVID-19 protection.

The guidelines released so far on PPE gowns has no reference to it having to be surgical-grade Level 2. This scenario leaves us with the option of a Level 1 non-surgical gown. However, Level 1 non-surgical gowns are also in short supply!

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