Why Create 1-Piece Protective Gowns?
There are three reasons why developing this particular piece of PPE is important for the world:
- Supply PPE gowns for local medical professionals during pandemic.
- Distibute knowledge and template for PPE gown to developing countries.
- The 1-piece PPE gown is a safer, more efficient version of the separate PPE currently being used. Donning & doffing takes less time and with no breaks in the protective wear, there is more protection overall.
1-Piece PPE Gown Instructions & Materials
- 0.7 mil plastic sheeting (two layers, 6’ x 8’ each. You can find this at Lowe’s & Home Depot. Lowe’s has individual rolls of 9’ x 12’ that can fold in half. Home Depot has 400 ft. rolls of .7 mil plastic in both 12’ and 9’ widths.
- Clothing Iron or heat-seal roller
- Gown Template out of oaktag, card stock or cardboard — Download PDF
- Surface to heat-seal (plywood or cardboard, the bigger the better. If your surface is smaller than gown template, you will have to heat-seal in sections)
- Cotton Cloth (pressing cloth in muslin fabric or a standard sheet to place between the plastic and your heat source)
- Permanent Marker
- Yardstick and/or Measuring Tape
HOW TO GET STARTED
*Note: The two most important things to successful production: 1) you need a good amount of flat, open floor space, at least 10’ x 10’ area. 2) your heat-sealed seams are the crux of this gown. If your seams are not sealed properly, the gown is not effective. When using a clothing iron, you must find a regulated temperature/timing process to deliver a thorough seal without melting holes. Every household iron is different, so testing and formulating your process is key.
First, You need the gown template. Ultimately, you will have 3 options available to you:
- We will supply you with our exact card stock template.
- Create your own template using a printable PDF.
- Create your own template, drafting from scratch.
This is a large pattern (6’ x 8’) but this suggested size (M-L) is the most accommodating for all body sizes—women and men with a height range of 5’4” to 6’3”.
Option 1: Dependent on grant funding, we will have a limited supply of card stock templates. Contact us to request. We send it to you. Ready to go.
Option 2: Print off the multi-page PDF document, tape or glue printed pages to a more substantial card stock or oak tag. Follow instructions for assembly and you have a full-scale template ready for prodcution.
Option 3: If creating your own template, the ideal material is an oaktag, this is a green-back patterning card stock that comes in rolls with big enough dimensions to house this pattern. You always want to draft a template one side at a time, transferring to the other side to ensure symmetry. So, if you are using a single piece of oaktag, you’ll want to fold it down the center before drafting a side. If you are piecing together cardboard, start by creating a full sheet big enough to house one side of your template, and establish a long, straight line down one side. This will act as your center line.