Medical supplies of drapes, gowns and other protective apparel should be selected based on safety and efficiency for the hospital. Due to the large amount of healthcare acquired infections (HAI) it is important to make sure all medical equipment and personnel are fully protected against the transmission of pathogens. This is especially true for the operating theatre, which traditionally tends to be an area where infection control is a challenge due to the perpetual flow of patients and staff performing an array of procedures.
Selecting materials that are comfortable but that also offer protection to a surgical team and equipment against penetration of biological fluids is imperative. This asks the question of what are some of the benefits of single use products versus reusable products throughout the operating environment.