Recent Study Confirms Soft Surface Textiles are Major Sources of Bacteria: X-STATIC ® and APIC Responds

A recent study published in the September 2011 edition of the American Journal of Infection Control (vol. 39, no. 7, pps. 555-559) verified that soft surface textiles are a major source of bacterial contamination in healthcare settings.  The study, which involved 238 samples from 135 hospital personnel from Shaare Zedek Medical Center in Jerusalem, confirmed that “63 percent of physician and nurse uniforms test[ed] positive for pathogenic organisms, including those that are multi-drug resistant….” The study highlights the importance of bacterial management for soft surface textiles which “account for 90 percent of the healthcare patient environment and include patient gowns, privacy curtains and bed linens.”  Results from the study include the finding that “potentially pathogenic bacteria were isolated from at least one site of the gowns in 85 of the 135 participants (63 percent).” Russell Olmsted (APIC 2011 President and Director) recently discussed this study for Becker’s ASC Review (September 19, 2011).  “Studies that identify which microorganisms are recovered from a variety of surfaces, attire and equipment (stethoscope, blood pressure cuff, hospital bed rails, etc.) do elicit a lot of attention from healthcare professionals and the general public” says Olmsted. According to Joel Furey, President of Noble Biomaterials’ Healthcare Division, “this study further underscores the need for healthcare settings to do all they can to minimize – and eliminate – patient risk of contamination including creating and enforcing standardized guidelines for laundering. Today’s healthcare bacterial management practices focus on hand hygiene and hard surface sanitization. Fabrics made with X-STATIC ® silver fibers, have an antimicrobial fiber technology clinically-proven to reduce 99.9% of bacteria and add a critical dimension to...