AAMI Guidelines: A Reliable Benchmark for Protection


AAMI Guidelines: A Reliable Benchmark for Protection

Protective apparel must meet minimum performance standards for strength, barrier protection and fluid resistance to ensure the safety of healthcare workers and patients. AAMI guidelines are a widely accepted system of classification for protective apparel and drapes based on liquid barrier performance: To fully qualify as an AAMI rated product the gowns must

  • be tested
  • and each gown must be labeled to indicate the level of protection provided.

This standard provides stratification of apparel protection based on liquid barrier performance and a benchmark to help determine the most appropriate protection for a particular task or clinical situation.

A 4% AQL‡ (acceptable quality level) ensures a high level of assurance that users are protected for the appropriate level of fluid contact anticipated. Gowns used for isolation applications need to be protective in the front and back because of the more unpredictable types of potential contact with the blood, body fluids, and other potentially infectious materials associated with general patient care Isolation gowns are also expected to help protect the patient from microbial contamination from the wearer, which can be present on all sides of the wearer’s body and work clothing.

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Level 3 Maximum Protection: KC 54300, KC 54301, KC 54310, KC 54311

Level 2 Facility Wide Use: KC 69979, KC 69988, KC 39981, KC 69987

Level 1 Basic Protection: KC 54100, KC 54101, KC 54110, KC 54111