The Viral Penetration test is a pass/fail test that evaluates the viral penetration resistance characteristics of personal protective equipment such as gowns, drapes, and gloves. This test is required by AAMI PB70 guidance to determine the level of protection for gowns and drapes. This test, usually referred to as the Viral Penetration Test, is a pass or fail test designed to show whether the material can protect a wearer from viruses that can be transmitted via blood and body fluids. Test Procedure. To conduct the test, swatches of the test material are conditioned for 24 hours at a certain temperature and humidity. The samples are then loaded into penetration test cells.
This test method has been specifically defined for modeling the viral penetration of Hepatitis (B and C) and Human Immunodeficiency Viruses transmitted in blood and other potentially infectious body fluids. Inferences for protection from other pathogens must be assessed on a case-by-case basis. Viral penetration test is conducted to check the barrier properties of condoms. The test is based on ISO (Male condoms: Requirements and test methods for .
For surgical gowns, the material must pass their F test for viral penetration; surgical drapes need only pass the F for resistance to penetration to synthetic blood. The test sample is mounted in a vertical position onto a cell that separates the challenge and a viewing port. Testing for viral penetration of non-latex surgical and examination gloves: a comparison of three methods. O'Connell KP(1), El-Masri M, Broyles JB, Korniewicz DM. Author information: (1)University of Maryland School of Nursing, Department of Adult Health Cited by: 6.