Nelson Laboratories is now offering two new tests: Hydraulic Burst Test and Resistance to Dry Microbial Penetration.
Hydraulic Burst Test
The evaluation of bursting strength in dry and wet state test (ISO 13938) uses a hydraulic method for determining bursting strength and distension in textiles. The test is performed on materials such as gowns, drapes, and clean air suits, and is part of the test suite required by the EN 13795 guidance. This guidance determines performance requirements and performance levels for gowns, drapes, and clean air suits when used as medical devices. Nelson Laboratories can perform all EN 13795 testing.
Resistance to Dry Microbial Penetration
The resistance to dry microbial penetration test (ISO 22612) evaluates resistance characteristics of protective equipment to dry bacteria-carrying particles.Testing is most often performed on equipment such as surgical gowns, drapes, and clean air suits when used as medical devices. This test is part of a test suite required by the EN 13795 guidance, which determines performance requirements and performance levels for gowns, drapes, and clean air suits when used as medical devices. It is also included in the test suite required by EN 14126, for personal protective equipment. Testing in compliance to EN 13795 is part of following the European Union Medical Device Directive 93/42/EEC, and is important when seeking a CE mark for products marketed in Europe. Nelson Laboratories personnel are experts in barrier testing, and we offer a one-stop shop for barrier tests required for marketing gowns and drapes in both the US and Europe.