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Nonwovens have found many applications within the medical profession. Low cost, disposability, and the ability to customize the fabric and/or construction for the intended use are just some of the reasons for their wide acceptance. Other significant factors in the selection of surgical drapes and gowns include barrier protection, breathability, comfort, drapeability and durability.

Versatile Nonwoven Materials Testing

There are several bench tests that directly relate to these key properties. Water Vapor Transmission Rate, for example, is related to wearer comfort, while Blood Penetration is related to a product’s barrier protection capabilities. Whether developing a new product, assessing the competition, or responding to consumer complaints, SGS-IPS Testing can help you answer your critical questions about surgical gown and drape products.

For surgical gowns and drapes testing, we offer AATCC, ASTM, CFR, ISO, TAPPI, WSP, and our own internal methodology.

Test Methods Applicable to Surgical Gowns and Drapes

TitleMethod Number
Water Resistance: Hydrostatic Pressure TestAATCC 127
Fiber analysis of NonwovensTAPPI T 401
Colorfastness to Crocking: Crockmeter MethodAATCC 8
Water Resistance: Impact Penetration TestAATCC 42
Air Permeability of Textile FabricsASTM D 737
Tearing Strength of Fabrics by Falling-Pendulum (Elmendorf-Type) ApparatusASTM D1424
Failure in Sewn Seams of Woven Apparel FabricsASTM D 1683
Mass Per Unit Area (Weight) of FabricASTM D 3776
Busting Strength of Textile Fabrics - Diaphragm Bursting Strength Tester MethodASTM D 3786
Bursting Strength of Textiles - Constant-Rate-of-Traverse (CRT) Ball Burst TestASTM D3787
Abrasion Resistance of Textile Fabrics (Rotary Platform, Double-Head Method)ASTM D3884
Total Energy Impact of Plastic Films by Dart DropASTM D4272
Breaking Strength and Elongation of Textile Fabrics (Grab Test)ASTM D 5034
Breaking Force and Elongation of Textile Fabrics (Strip Method)ASTM D 5035
Tearing Strength of Fabric by Trapezoid ProcedureASTM D5587
Tearing Strength of Nonwoven Fabrics by the Trapezoid Procedure ASTM D 5733
Bursting Strength of Fabrics Constant Rate of Extension (CRE) Ball Burst TestASTM D 6797
Propagation Tear Resistance of Plastic Film and Thin Sheeting by Pendulum MethodASTM D 1922
Resistance of Materials Used in Protective Clothing to Penetration by Synthetic BloodASTM F 1670
Resistance of Medical Face Masks to Penetration by Synthetic Blood (Horizontal Projection of Fixed Volume at a Known Velocity)ASTM F1862/F1862M
Detecting Seal Leaks on Porous Medical Packaging by Dye PenetrationASTM F1929
Laboratory Test Method for 16 CFR Part 1610: Standard for Flammability of Clothing Textiles Laboratory Test ManualCFR 1610
Absorption, Time and Rewet - Three Insults (Specimen cut from Whole Product)IPS Method
Absorption, Time and Rewet - Single Insult (Specimen cut from Whole Product)IPS Method
Absorption, Time - Liquid Strike-Through, Repeated (Specimen cut from Whole Product)IPS Method
Absorption, Time - Liquid Strike-Through (Specimen cut from Whole Product)IPS Method
Absorption, Capacity - 4" x 4" Specimen (Tissue and Thin Absorbent Products)IPS Method
Textile Test Methods - Textile Fabrics - Determination of Resistance to Water Penetration - Hydrostatic Pressure TestISO 811:1981
Textiles - Test methods for nonwovens - Part 3: Determination of tensile strength and elongationISO 9073-3
Test Methods for nonwovens - Part 6: AbsorptionISO 9073-6
Test methods for Nonwovens - Part 10: Lint and other particles generation in the dry state.ISO 9073-10
Textiles - Determination of the Permeability of Fabrics to AirISO 9237
Abrasion Resistance of Nonwoven Fabrics Using a Nonwoven Modified Martindale Abrasion Test MethodWSP 20.5
Electro Static Decay of Nonwoven FabricsWSP 40.2
Air Permeability of Nonwoven MaterialsWSP 70.1
Water Resistance (Hydrostatic Pressure)NWSP 80.6
Water Penetration (Spray Impact Test)NWSP 80.3
Liquid Strike-Through TimeNWSP 70.3
Water Vapor Transmission RateASTM E 96
Handle-O-Meter StiffnessNWSP 090.3
Pneumatic BurstNWSP 090.3
MOCON Water Vapor Transmission RateASTM D 6701
Alcohol RepellencyNWSP 080.8
Absorption PropertiesNWSP 010.1

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