Fact Sheet

An Integral Wrap Gown…
Enabling Improved Infection Control


The Problem

Between 5 and 10 percent of all hospital patients contract an infection during their hospital stays. Despite campaigns in hospitals to increase the rates of hand-washing and other antiseptic techniques, these hospital-acquired infections have risen significantly in recent years. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), about 1.7 million people acquire an infection while in a U.S. hospital every year, and nearly 100,000 die as a result of their infections. Hospital-acquired infections cost an estimated $6.5 billion in additional health care every year.

Source: The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) www.rwjf.org/reports/grr/055726.htm

A growing cause of hospital-acquired infections is methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), a virulent strain of bacteria resistant to commonly used antibiotics. The Journal of the American Medical Association reports that nearly 95,000 people developed MRSA infections associated with their hospital care in 2005, and approximately 18,650 of them died as a result. The United States now has the second highest MRSA infection rate in the world.

Source: JAMA 2007;298(15):1763-1771

Helping to Solve the
Infection Control Puzzle

 

Effective gown disposal procedures have significantly helped to reduce MRSA infection rates in well-controlled hospital settings.

Lindberg C, Lloyd J, Buscell P. RWJF Final Report, Plexus Institute. October, 2008; Buscell P. More We Than Me: How the fight against MRSA led to a new way of collaborating at Albert Einstein Medical Center. Plexus Institute. Deeper Learning. 2008;1(5).

The GoGown is an innovative INTEGRAL WRAPPER DESIGN and DOFFING PROCESS that allows gloves to be removed first and bundled deep within the gown, without skin contact. The entire, rapid de-gowning process is accomplished by touching only the unexposed inside of the gown.