- Disposable gowns only are used for surgery
- The closed-glove method of gloving should be used to don gloves
- Double-gloving is recommended practice, the gloves underneath should be half-a-size larger than the gloves on top, the top gloves will be the normal size for the wearer
- Should a change of gloves be required during surgery and the user has donned only one pair of gloves, then the open method should be used to don gloves
- The sleeves of the gown must remain at the wrist, not pulled down over the hand
- Once gowned and gloved, areas considered most sterile are between the nipple line and umbilicus and the fingertips to the elbow.
Use of disposable gowns
Disposable gowns have a left-side tie and a right-side tie, both attached to a sterile card. The left tie is released from the card, which is held by the scrub person, and the card with the right tie attached is handed out to the scout. The scout will hold on to one side of the card while the scrub person pivots round and their back is covered. The scrubbed person releases the tie from the card and ties both ties at the side. The card is disposed of by the scout. The ties are tied at the front.
Step 6 and 8 in the video on the previous page demonstrates how to put on and secure a disposable gown (04:55 minutes and 06:15 minutes).
Instructions on how to use the closed- and open-glove technique can be found by clicking on the links below: