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5 8 • O U T PA T I E N T S U R G E R Y M A G A Z I N E • M A R C H 2 0 1 7 What Surgeons Want in Their Gowns N o doc wants to operate in a hot, heavy gown, but bar- rier protection trumps comfort and breathability every time. So long as there's no strikethrough, there's no problem. "The biggest thing we need in a surgical gown can be summarized in one word: impermeable. That's it," says David Renton, MD, MPH, an assistant professor of surgery at Ohio State University's Center for Minimally Invasive Surgery in Columbus. "Some people may say they want it to breathe so it won't be as hot. Or to be soft so it's movable and feels good against the skin. But in the end, the most important thing is • PROTECTIVE APPAREL Above all else, surgeons wants an impermeable barrier against bloodborne pathogens and viruses. Comfort, breathability and mobility are nice, but barrier protection is the most important attribute. Dan O'Connor | Editor-in-Chief Pamela Bevelhymer, RN, BSN

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