X-STATIC® Technology featured in HealthCare Purchasing News

X-STATIC® Antimicrobial Technology was recently featured in the September issue of Healthcare Purchasing News. The feature article on infection prevention discussed innovative solutions for healthcare facilities to reduce environmental contamination and target zero healthcare associated infections. X-STATIC® is clinically-proven to kill 99.9% of bacteria directly on the surface of fabrics. Peggy Prinz Luebbert, MS, MT (ASCP), CIC, CHSP, founder of Healthcare Interventions Inc., and consultant to Noble Biomaterials, said: The bacterial contamination of soft surfaces—such as curtains, lab coats, and scrubs—is a critical issue in the quest to prevent infections. Studies prove that soft surfaces are highly contaminated and that cross-contamination with hands occurs. Studies also prove that laundering is not sufficient, due to rapid recontamination after [being] put in use. Even though soft surface fabrics are proven to be contaminated, standardized procedures and guidelines are lacking.   When asked to describe how the antimicrobial fabric technology works Luebbert said: Soft surfaces powered by X-STATIC® provide a continuous, permanent, and comprehensive solution. The technology lasts the lifetime of the product and requires no change in staff behavior. X-STATIC® is made by permanently bonding 99.9% pure metallic silver to the surface of a textile fiber. This silver layer creates an ionic shield that quickly and continuously inhibits the growth of bacteria and fungi directly on the fabric surface. Fabrics powered by X-STATIC® have been proven to reduce environmental contamination on soft surfaces, which constitute 90% of the patient environment. Read the full article on X-STATIC® Technology in HealthCare Purchasing News. For more information on products powered by X-STATIC® Technology, contact...

X-STATIC® Antimicrobial Technology Featured in Critical Care Nurse

X-STATIC® technology, which has been clinically-proven to inhibit the growth of bacteria directly on the surface of fabrics, was recently featured in the October issue of Critical Care Nurse. Fabrics powered by X-STATIC® are highly useful for infection prevention in the healthcare setting because items such as lab coats, bed lines, scrubs, and privacy curtains have been proven to be contaminated by pathogenic organisms. The article notes X-STATIC®’s ability to deliver “quick, comprehensive and permanent protection with a continuous release of silver ions that last for the life of the product.” Read the full article on X-STATIC® technology for soft surface bacterial management in Critical Care...

New Study on Soft Surface Bacterial Contamination

Home Laundering Not As Effective A recent study in the American Journal of Infection Control compared the effectiveness of home laundering vs. hospital laundering of healthcare worker scrubs. The results found that home-washed scrubs had significantly higher levels of bacteria than hospital-washed scrubs. Forty-four percent of the home-washed scrubs tested positive for bacteria. Furthermore, 79 percent of the unwashed scrubs tested positive for potentially harmful bacteria. Overall, the study found that home-washing was not a successful way to decontaminate scrubs. The home-washed scrubs had significantly higher bacteria counts than the other washed garments or new garments. The article infers that in order to save money on operational costs, many hospitals allow staff to wash scrubs and other uniforms in their own homes. It recommended that hospitals wash garments in water that reaches 71.1° C for at least three minutes, according to CDC requirements. Standard laundering procedures are essential and uniforms should be laundered at an accredited healthcare laundering facility. However, as this and other studies have shown, re-contamination of scrubs happens very quickly when put back into use. Fabrics (uniforms, scrubs, privacy curtains and bed linens) powered by X-STATIC® antimicrobial technology have been clinically-proven to inhibit the growth of bacteria directly on the surface of the fabric. X-STATIC® offers comprehensive and permanent protection with a continuous release of silver ions that lasts for the life of the product, reducing overall environmental contamination. To learn more visit the X-STATIC® website, and for the latest news and updates follow X-STATIC® on Facebook and...