International Infection Prevention Week: Celebrating Advancement and Looking Toward the Future

International Infection Prevention Week (IIPW) is October 20-26, 2013. While we take the time to recognize the important work infection preventionists do every day, this week also brings awareness to the work that still needs to be done. Through this year’s theme, “Infection Prevention and You,” the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC) aim to have every healthcare worker, patient and visitor actively doing their part to reduce the healthcare-associated infections. To date, very little attention has been given to bacterial management of soft surface fabrics compared to infection prevention protocols for hand hygiene and hard surface disinfection. Clinical studies have shown fabrics in healthcare to be contaminated with dangerous bacteria and ignoring them can decrease the effectiveness of the overall infection prevention bundle. Consider taking time this week to conduct a SWIFT risk assessment in relation to the healthcare laundered fabrics that surround your staff and patients. The “Structured What If Technique” involves evaluating a normal activity, like wearing a uniform, and subjecting that to “What If” situations to identify potential failures and risks. Another important step is to understand the level of staff education on the risks associated with fabrics in your facility as well as evaluating antimicrobial fabric solutions. For a more in-depth look at these techniques download our free whitepaper. For the current and comprehensive clinical evidence on contamination of soft surfaces, download Infection Control Today’s most recent mini-report“Soft-Surface Contamination in the Patient-Care Environment and Antimicrobial Textiles” at www.infectioncontroltoday.com. The paper discusses how “the use of antimicrobial textiles could be one more useful tool in the arsenal against HAIs.” X-STATIC® technology is...

X-STATIC® Technology Improves the Lives of Millions Through Partnership with KCI

Noble Biomaterials, Inc. announced it has renewed its relationship with KCI Manufacturing, an affiliate of Kinetic Concepts, Inc. (KCI), as the antimicrobial technology partner for the company’s V.A.C.® GranuFoam Silver® Dressing. Noble had previously been the technology provider, and this new agreement will continue that relationship for several years. “Our vision is to be the premier provider of bacterial management solutions for health improvement applications,” said Jeff Keane, CEO of Noble. “This continued partnership supports our mission to improve people’s lives and helps us provide solutions that touch countless patients and their families every day.” Utilizing Noble’s proprietary X-STATIC® antimicrobial technology, the V.A.C. ® GranuFoam Silver® Dressing provides an effective barrier to bacterial penetration and may help reduce infection in millions of patients suffering from chronic, acute, sub-acute, traumatic, and dehisced wounds, partial thickness burns, ulcers, flaps and grafts. It was jointly designed and optimized for use with the KCI V.A.C. ® Therapy System to deliver negative pressure to help heal patient wounds. “KCI is a recognized global leader in advanced wound care technology,” said Karin Mueller Recchione, VP of Marketing at Noble. “And our partnership allows us jointly to deliver the benefits of X-STATIC®technology to patients worldwide.” V.A.C. ® GranuFoam Silver® Dressing allows the silver coated foam pores to come in direct contact with the wound, eliminating the need for additional silver dressing layers. X-STATIC® technology provides 100 percent surface coverage even after sizing the dressing. It has been shown to inhibit in vitro growth of more than 150 types of microorganisms including common wound pathogens such asStaphylococcus aureus, Streptococcus pyogenes, and Klebsiella pneumonia. In vitro studies have also...