X-STATIC Silver Antimicrobial Technology Provides Infection Prevention For Healthcare
Healthcare associated infections take the lives of nearly 100,000 people annually and cost billions of dollars in additional medical treatments. Although hospitals continue efforts to improve infection control, standardized practices for soft surface bacterial management are inadequate compared with those for hand and environmental hygiene. Further, laundering practices are inconsistent and simply ineffective, as re-contamination occurs after laundered items are put into use.
Textiles made with X-STATIC® silver antimicrobial technology have been clinically-proven to inhibit the growth of bacteria directly on the surface of the fabric. X-STATIC delivers quick, comprehensive and permanent protection with a continuous release of silver ions that lasts for the life of the product.
"Soft surfaces represent a clear gap in everyday infection prevention practice," said Peg Luebbert, Infection Control Expert and Founder of Healthcare Interventions, Inc. "Hand washing/sanitization is only effective until a healthcare worker touches a contaminated soft surface through regular behaviors like opening a privacy curtain or retrieving a pen from a pocket. For example, if a healthcare worker washes his/her hands and then puts those hands in a contaminated uniform pocket before touching a patient, the risk of cross contamination still exists."
Products made with X-STATIC antimicrobial technology also mitigate compliance challenges because the healthcare staff is not required to change behavior or protocols. Luebbert adds, "Antimicrobial textiles are "engineering controls" in OSHA terms. They minimize the risk of contamination and exposure without depending upon safe work practices by the healthcare staff."
Posted on August 21, 2012
Source: Noble Fiber Technologies LLC