Guide to Protective Materials
The standard fabric for basic protective apparel; formed by bonding fibers together to form a single layer of breathable, woven-like material. Its main advantages are economy and comfort but it also provides light fluid protection.
A multi-ply material consisting of layers of meltblown polypropylene between layers of spunbond polypropylene. Strong, fluid-resistant, and breathable, this multi-layer material provides an optimal mix of protection and comfort. Appropriate for extended wear situations involving low to moderate fluid contact.
Created when soft, spunbond polypropylene is coated with a layer of impervious polyethylene. This lightweight material is ideal for any situation demanding a high level of fluid protection.
Microporous film bonded to nonwoven material provides fluid-proof protection and great breathability. This material is ideal for extended wear conditions where fluid contact is expected.
Levels of Barrier Protection
The chart below is set forth in the AAMI PB7- guidelines. The color-coded has been developed to differentiate each level and corresponds with the color-coded neck bindings on the AAMI Compliant Isolation Gowns.