Re-usable PPE that could last for whole coronavirus pandemic could solve NHS ...

Re-usable PPE designed to 'last the whole coronavirus pandemic' could solve NHS shortages when it is ready next week Re-usable protective gear has the potential to replace throwaway items  'Parachute gown' remains sterile and waterproof after 100 73C washes First 1,000 gowns will be delivered to Derby hospital as soon as next week  Here’s how to help people impacted by Covid-19

By Eleanor Hayward Health Reporter For The Daily Mail

Published: 22:00 BST, 1 May 2020 | Updated: 22:00 BST, 1 May 2020

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Hospitals are pioneering re-usable protective kit which is designed to 'last the whole coronavirus epidemic'.

The new type of personal protective equipment could provide a long-term solution to critical shortages.

Every day in hospitals around the country, medical staff put about 150,000 lifesaving surgical gowns or coveralls into clinical waste bins after they have been used.

Then, along with hundreds of thousands of single-use surgical masks, aprons and gloves, they are sent to landfill or for incineration.

Now several hospitals are seeking a more sustainable alternative to this 'hand to mouth' dependence on single-use PPE.

Pictured: Re-usable protective hoods have been developed at Southampton University to help prevent NHS shortages

Pictured: Re-usable protective hoods have been developed at Southampton University to help prevent NHS shortages

The re-usable PPE, designed by British scientists and manufacturers, has the potential to replace throwaway items. 

In Derbyshire, women's firm David Nieper has created a re-usable surgical gown which can be laundered by hospitals.

Tests show the 'parachute gown' remains sterile and waterproof even after 100 washes at 73C (163F).

The gowns comply with the highest European safety standards. The first 1,000 will be delivered to a local hospital in Derby next week, with thousands more to be sent out to other hospitals in the coming weeks.

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