PPE CASE – Testing of Stockpiled ANSI/AAMI PB70 Level 4 Surgical Gowns

NPPTL Report Number P2017-0102

NIOSH determined that existing surgical gown test methods require greater clarification to ensure consistent evaluations and conclusions. Additionally, NIOSH recommends that a post-market conformity standard be developed.

Cover page for PPE CASE P2017-0102

This report relates to work conducted at the request of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Strategic National Stockpile (SNS). The SNS asked NIOSH to evaluate a specific surgical gown model that was in the process of being purchased for the SNS to determine if that gown model met CDC recommendations for use while providing care to patients with Ebola. Specifically, whether this gown model passed the Level 4 requirements of American National Standards Institute (ANSI)/Association for the Advancement of Medical Instrumentation (AAMI) PB70:2012, “Liquid Barrier Performance and Classification of Protective Apparel and Drapes Intended for Use in Health Care Facilities.”

Testing of Stockpiled ANSI/AAMI PB70 Level 4 Surgical Gowns [PDF – 260 KB]

Suggested Citation

NIOSH [2017]. PPE CASE: testing of stockpiled ANSI/AAMI PB70 level 4 surgical gowns. By Rottach D, Fries M, Kilinc-Balci FS, Moore S, Shaffer R. Pittsburgh, PA: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, NPPTL Report Number P2017-0102.