Right now, a very popular product is the Sterile Surgical Gown. We often get asked questions about them, and so we've listed them all out below to help you make an informed decision.

What are surgical gowns made of?

Most commonly, disposable surgical gowns are made from Spunbond Meltblown Spunbond, often abbreviated to SMS. SMS is a tri laminate non-woven fabric made up of a top layer of spunbond polypropylene, a middlelayer of meltblown polypropylene and a bottom layer of spunbond polypropylene (recyclable).

The cuffs that you find attached to the sleeves vary in how they are made. Sometimes they are made from polyester, but they can also be made from a combination of cotton and tectolon.

What does GSM stand for in relation to the Surgical Gown?

GSM is a metric measurement meaning grams per square metre. It denotes how much 1 square metre of fabric weighs. The higher the GSM figure the denser the fabric will be.

How to make surgical gowns?

Non-woven SMS materials are assembled using ultrasonic stitching. Surgical gowns are typically wrapped inside a sterile field with two hand towels. This ensures maximum sterility of the product and the handling of it when preparing it for use.

Can surgical gowns be washed?

Not unless they are reusable cotton. Due to infection control, a large proportion of surgical gowns are now disposable and thrown away after every surgery.

Can surgical gowns be autoclaved?

Yes, surgical gowns can be autoclaved; this is the process of sterilisation. This reduces the risk of infection and protects both the patient and the surgical team.

Are surgical gowns sterile?

Surgical gowns are usually sterile and ready for use in surgery in a sterile setting. Commonly used methods of sterilisation include Gamma Irradiation and Ethylene Oxide. You should always check to see if your product has been sterilised.

How much are surgical gowns?

At BlueKit Medical we sell surgical gowns in packs of 50. Our latest pricing can be seen here: View surgical gown pricing

Are surgical gowns waterproof?

Yes, they are waterproof, sometimes described as impervious.

Why are surgical gowns green?

Because the colour Green on the colour spectrum is the exact opposite of the colour red, it is well-suited to help clinicians see better in the operating room. The colours green and blue help to improve a surgeon’s visual perception and make it more sensitive to different shades of red. This helps clinicians to discern the characteristics of human anatomy, reducing the likeliness of mistakes and increasing success. We also recently discovered the following:

Distracting Images
Another reason, [for green surgical gowns], has to do with a surgeon’s
deep focus on red during an operation. Red can lead to distracting green
illusions on white surfaces. So, if a surgeon shifts his, [or her], glance from
bloody organs to a white lab coat, a green illusion of the patient’s red
insides may appear on the white background. The distracting image would
follow the surgeon’s gaze wherever he, [or she], looks, similar to the
floating spots we see after a camera flash. Taken from https://www.boardvitals.com/blog/why-scrubs-usually-blue-