More than half of disposable dresses used to protect healthcare professionals from COVID-19 and other exposures do not meet the necessary protection standards, according to a study released on Tuesday by the nonprofit Emergency Care Resource Institute.
Plymouth Meeting, Pennsylvania-based ECRI, an organization that advises the healthcare industry on product safety, found that more than half of dresses that claimed to exceed the minimum barrier performance requirements set by the Association for the Advancement of Medical Instrumentation , did not meet these standards. ECRI also found that 52% of dresses that did not advertise AAMI compliance failed to provide even the lowest levels of protection.
ECRI has issued a warning to healthcare organizations about their concerns about obtaining disposable dresses from non-US or non-traditional providers.
"As we have seen from the outset, the manufacturer's test reports or certificates are not a guarantee that these dresses are safe and effective," said Michael Argentieri, Vice President of Technology and Security at ECRI. "We recommend our members to buy dresses that do not adequately protect healthcare professionals, especially during the pandemic."
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