The quality of the materials used in the OR has achieved extreme relevance in terms of surgical risk management and infection prevention since they maintain the integrity of the sterile field during surgical procedures and are required to provide a protective system for the patient and the surgical team.
Protection & reliability
Pluritex surgical gowns and drapes (Class 1: non invasive devices) are especially developed for the demanding end-use conditions in the High-Performance area, which need to comply with the liquid barrier requirements of the European norm EN 13795.
Our multiple use OR textiles full-fill and outperform the criteria set in this norm and strongly contribute to an effective infection prophylaxis in the OR.
OR gowns and drapes provide an effective barrier against bacteria penetration and viruses. The gowns and drapes performances are based on test methodologies of > 200 mbar against all liquids such as blood, iodine and disinfectants which are more likely to be encountered in the operating room. They are liquid-proof and have a water vapour transmission resistance (Ret) of
Due to the fact that multiple use textiles are used over a long product life cycle, all fabrics do have a quality in new condition which is much above the requirements defined in the EN 13795.
The high-quality laminates and microfilaments of the fabrics full-fill all requirements of the modern surgery with regards to norm conformity, safety, hygiene, handling and comfort.
Safe reprocessing of textile Medical Products EN 13795 specifies validated processes for the manufacturing and reprocessing procedures. All textiles are continuously monitored and controlled by the quality management system.
Pluritex can help new Customers by providing their technical know-how to set up the right environment for a successful use of the reusable OR products.
The fabrics used for surgical gowns and drapes manufacturing are constantly tested under chemical/ physical/ microbiological properties, in order to suit best to the law requirements:
Recently we have introduced flame retardant fabrics because of the increasing use of laser technologies in the operating rooms.
Comfort and functionality
As far as wearer comfort is concerned, the textiles are manufactured with a highly breathable ePTFE membrane, thus the performance of the wearer under stressed climate and working environment are improved, and the heat stress of the OR staff is reduced.
The 3-layer ePTFE membrane of the laminate offers thermal insulation for the patient and avoids that the patient’s body can cool down also in case of long and extensive surgeries
Reusable surgical textiles are friendly on the environment since they can be reprocessed and reused many times. At their end of life-cycle they can be downgraded for continuance as an alternate use product. Studies have shown that it takes over 400 years for TNT to decompose.