In the November/December 2016 issue of Surgical Products, the winners of this year’s Excellence In Surgical Products (ESP) Awards are revealed.
Day by day, we’ll also share the results here, along with an expanded version of the Surgical Products Q&A that accompanied each winner.
Why do you think readers were interested in learning more about the product?
AERO CHROME Breathable Performance Surgical Gowns addresses clinicians’ evolving needs for protection and comfort. AERO CHROME Gowns are the latest addition to the AERO Series of surgical gowns. Hospitals typically stock a variety of surgical gowns, making it challenging for clinicians to select the right gown option for a procedure. Because of this, OR staff may end up under-protected — or wearing a higher protection level than required. AERO Series solves this challenge by narrowing this selection to two visually distinct gowns, resulting in a streamlined selection process, reduced order time and greater operational efficiency. The combination of AAMI-Level 3 AERO BLUE Performance Gowns and the new AAMI Level 4 AERO CHROME Gown gives clinicians the protection they need and enables hospitals to simplify gown management, through a 40 percent reduction in the number of gown codes needed to protect operating room teams who manage a full range of surgical procedures.
How does this product benefit the surgical team and aid in better outcomes?
AERO CHROME Performance Surgical Gowns provide the highest level of fluid and microbial protection (Level 4) in the critical zones of the gown, as defined by the AAMI Standard. This standard is used by the FDA to confirm performance levels for surgical protective apparel.AERO CHROME Gowns are soft, lightweight and breathable gowns, providing unprecedented comfort with the high level of protection surgical teams require for long, fluid-intensive procedures. AERO CHROME is the first and only single use gown to receive clearance under the new, more stringent FDA guidelines issued in December 2015.
What technical innovations does the product encapsulate and apply to the OR?
AERO CHROME’s unique Cool Shield Core fabric technology builds a high-performance fluid barrier into a lightweight and breathable fabric. The result is a surgical gown that’s like nothing else in the OR today. Its distinctive, silvery color and unique V-neck design (patents pending) stand out from other gowns in the OR, making it easy for clinicians to choose the gown with the highest level of protection. Additional stand-out features of AERO CHROME include:
• Proprietary Cool Shield Core technology – a lightweight, breathable fabric that offers maximum protection against fluids and pathogens while providing excellent ignition resistance and low linting to reduce risk of wound contamination and infection.
• Distinctive chrome color that makes it easy for clinicians to select the right level of protection.
• Exclusive soft, comfortable collar that stays flat against the skin and prevents gaping for added wearer protection.
• Unique stretch properties that allow wearers full range of unrestricted motion without tearing.
• Highly breathable back panel that maximizes airflow.