X-STATIC® Antimicrobial Technology Releases Whitepaper on Infection Prevention for Soft Surface Fabrics

(SCRANTON, PA) August 9, 2012 – X-STATIC®, the silver-based antimicrobial technology, released a whitepaper to educate infection preventionists on the issue of contamination of soft surface fabrics in healthcare settings. The whitepaper, titled “Soft Surface Bacterial Contamination: Considerations for a Complete Infection Prevention Program,” examines current data, guidelines and available antimicrobial fabric solutions. Soft surface textiles such as privacy curtains, lab coats, scrubs, and bed linens constitute 90 percent of the patient healthcare environment.  Clinical studies have proven these surfaces are highly contaminated by microorganisms and have the potential to transmit bacteria to patients and healthcare workers.  One such study published in the American Journal of Infection Control found that 92 percent of privacy curtains tested in intensive care units showed contamination within one week, and 95 percent showed contamination over three weeks.  Multi-drug resistant organisms found on the curtains included methicillin-resistant S aureus (MRSA) and vancomycin-resistant enterococcus (VRE). “Despite evidence that these surfaces contain bacteria and that this bacteria can be transmitted to skin, soft surfaces are overlooked in everyday infection prevention practices,” said Peg Luebbert, Infection Control Expert and Founder of Healthcare Interventions, Inc.  “What most people don’t consider is that soft surfaces present a tremendous risk of cross contamination. Simple actions, such as closing a bedside curtain or reaching in a pocket to retrieve a pen, immediately compromise a clean or sanitized hand.   This whitepaper sheds light on how important proper soft surface bacterial management is in the overall reduction of healthcare associated infections.” As part of the “infection prevention bundle,” fabrics powered by X-STATIC® ANTIMICROBIAL technology complete an infection prevention protocol when implemented with other evidence...