ASTM D3738 - 16

    Standard Specification for Rubber-Coated Cloth Hospital Sheeting

    Active Standard ASTM D3738 | Developed by Subcommittee: D11.37

    Book of Standards Volume: 09.02

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    This specification covers rubber-coated cloth hospital sheeting intended for use in the protection of mattresses on hospital beds. The base cloth should be hospital sheeting woven from cotton yarn, synthetic yarn, or a blend of both. The coating should be made from natural rubber, synthetic rubber, or a mixture of both that is suitably formulated and colored with a white pigment. The base cloth should be uniformly coated on both sides with equal amounts of coating compounds and may be dusted with talc that does not support mildew growth. The coated cloth should be vulcanized to comply with the required values of coating thickness, breaking strength, rubber-cloth adhesion, waterproofness, resistance to phenol and isopropyl alcohol, and steam sterilization. Under no circumstance should the coated cloth have cuts, tears, holes, uncoated areas, thinly coated areas, separation of cloth from coating, cracked coating, lumps or blisters, color, curled or rolled edges, dirt, spots, stains, and offensive odors.

    This abstract is a brief summary of the referenced standard. It is informational only and not an official part of the standard; the full text of the standard itself must be referred to for its use and application. ASTM does not give any warranty express or implied or make any representation that the contents of this abstract are accurate, complete or up to date.

    1. Scope

    1.1 This specification covers rubber-coated cloth sheeting intended for use in the protection of mattresses on hospital beds.

    1.2 The values stated in SI units are to be regarded as the standard. The values given in parentheses are for information only.

    1.3 The following safety hazards caveat pertains only to the test methods portion, Section 9, of this specification. This standard does not purport to address all of the safety concerns, if any, associated with its use. It is the responsibility of the user of this standard to establish appropriate safety and health practices and determine the applicability of regulatory limitations prior to use.

    2. Referenced Documents (purchase separately) The documents listed below are referenced within the subject standard but are not provided as part of the standard.

    ASTM Standards

    D573 Test Method for RubberDeterioration in an Air Oven

    D751 Test Methods for Coated Fabrics

    D3393 Specification for Coated Fabrics--Waterproofness

    U.S. Government Document

    Food and Drug Administration Code of Federal Regulations, Title 21, Parts 177 and 182

    ICS Code

    ICS Number Code 11.140 (Hospital equipment); 97.160 (Home textiles. Linen)

    UNSPSC Code

    UNSPSC Code 11162112(Coated fabrics); 11162117(Rubber fabrics)

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    DOI: 10.1520/D3738-16

    Citation Format

    ASTM D3738-16, Standard Specification for Rubber-Coated Cloth Hospital Sheeting, ASTM International, West Conshohocken, PA, 2016,

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