STANDARD SHOE COVER
This type of shoe cover is the standard style, and covers just the shoe.
- Can be composed of polypropylene, polyethylene and chlorinated polyethylene
- Protects the shoe – does not extend further up the leg like boot covers do
NON-SKID SHOE COVER
This specification is textured with ribbed surface on its underside which assist the wearer by gripping to the floor surface, making the environment safer for both the medical team and patient.
- Underside of the cover is textured, providing added grip to the floor and thus reducing the risk of slipping and falling, which could potentially result in injury
- Normally made from polypropylene
MEDICAL BOOT COVER
The boot is differentiated from the standard shoe cover in that it extends further up the leg to the shin.
- The added length of the boot cover offers more protection for the wearer, as it protects a larger area
- Usually made from polypropylene or chlorinated polyethylene
- Shoe covers are available in a Variety of materials, each one catering to the different needs of the procedure, the patient, and the wearer;
- Relatively inexpensive, safe to use;
- Shoe covers prevent the transmission of potentially hazardous material from the operating room to the outside environment;
- Covers are disposable and hence contaminants are not transmitted through re-use of the device;
- Protects the wearer, patient and outside visitors from contracting infections due to cross contamination;
- Shoe covers available in multiple sizes and styles. There is a cover that fits everybody’s preference;
- Shoe covers come in a range of variants, and the type of cover should be chosen based on the characteristics of the environment. For example, if additional protection is desired, the individual should opt for the boot cover instead of the standard shoe cover;
- Breathable, lightweight, strong material provides a high level of comfort and safety for the wearer;
- Relatively inexpensive.
Correct size of shoe covers must be worn by the user, as shoe covers that are too large may slip off, hindering their protective traits. They may also interfere with walking, increasing the risk of tripping over and causing injury. Shoe covers that are too tight may break due to the excessive stress on the material. Comfort is essential for the medical professional during a high stakes medical procedure such as surgery to ensure the surgeon performs at their optimum ability.
Shoe covers are slipped over the shoes, similar to a large pair of socks. They are elasticized at the top, comfortably securing them over and around the foot. Slight adjustments may be necessary in order to achieve this. The wearer is ready to undertake a medical procedure.
It is vital that the shoe covers are not used if the packaging or seal is damaged. Evidence of this may suggest tampering or contamination. If one should encounter covers inside comprised packaging, the best course of action is to discard them quickly and safely.
- Must prepare the shoe covers for use in a clean, sterile environment, absent of bodily fluids or other sources of contamination;
- Never re-use shoe covers. They are designed to be discarded after use;
- Promptly and safely dispose of any covers that have touched a potentially contaminated surface;
- Correct material and style of shoe covers must be selected according to procedure – if the floor is polished or slippery, the non-skid shoe covers would be the best option to wear in this situation;
- Care must be taken when selecting the correct cover size – A comfortable, correct fit is imperative for the wearer to perform a procedure to a high standard and to maintain safety.
Shoe/boot covers are manufactured using a variety of materials. The materials used in the range offered by AdvaCare are polypropylene, polyethylene and chlorinated polyethylene.