In addition to masks, we are asking for community support in making reusable gowns. Those who would like to support can use the following measurements provided by the Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) to construct homemade washable cloth gowns that can be worn during patient care encounters. Homemade washable cloth gowns are typically made of polyester or polyester-cotton fabrics. Gowns made of these fabrics can be safely laundered using routine procedures and reused.
Gowns are to be made with the back open and ties placed by the neck and partway down the back so they can be tied and untied. In addition, cuffs can be made with rib knit cuff material or elastic depending on supply.
Additional sample patterns can be found at: https://ukhealthcare.uky.edu/sites/default/files/isolation-gown.pdf
You may drop off clean, homemade cloth masks and gowns at Osceola Community Health Services, located at 115 Cedar Ln in Sibley, IA from 8:00 am– 4:30 pm Monday-Friday. For questions regarding gowns, please contact Pauline Van Engen at call 712-754-5432.