New Study from CDC Indicates Linens Were Likely Transmitter of Fungal Infection in Hospital Outbreak

Recent research released from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) shows that the cross contamination risk associated with soft surface fabrics in healthcare is very real. We consistently hear from the infection prevention community that research, data and evidence-based practice is paramount to spurring healthcare systems to action. The study published in the May 2014 issue of The Pediatric Infectious Disease Journal, describes an outbreak of a fungal infection (mucormycosis) that occurred between August 2008 and July 2009 in a New Orleans Children’s Hospital. The infection was traced backed to hospital linens as the transmission vehicle. The linens were the only exposure source identified as common to all the patients. The full study can be found here. Fabrics and other soft surfaces in the healthcare environment are fomites and do represent a significant portion of the direct patient environment. Still, guidelines and standard procedures for soft surfaces are severely lacking compared to other surfaces. X-STATIC® is committed to supporting the production of additional research that provides a greater body of evidence in the area of soft surfaces because we know that this represents an untapped opportunity to employ a more complete infection prevention program. Products powered by X-STATIC® antimicrobial technology provide a permanent and continuous solution for reducing bacteria on the surface of fabrics surrounding healthcare staff and patients. Take action to address soft surface fabrics in your facility today. Learn how with this free whitepaper...

X-STATIC® is among 100 Infection Prevention Products to Know

Becker’s Hospital Review recently published its list of Top 100 Infection Prevention Products to know! The list outlines products according to category and is a great resource for both the seasoned and novice infection preventionist alike. X-STATIC® Antimicrobial Technology was featured as a must-know product in the textiles category. Textiles, or soft surfaces, in healthcare are often overlooked when it comes to infection prevention, despite recent attention from regulatory agencies.  For example, in one recent survey of infection preventionists, 96 percent used privacy curtains in patient rooms, but 37 percent changed them “only when visibly soiled.” In addition, some changed curtains only every three months or once per year! It’s important to address these soft surfaces –privacy curtains, uniforms, lab coats and bed linens – in a more complete prevention program to effectively break the chain of infection.  Healthcare fabrics powered by X-STATIC® are safe, continuously active surfaces that work to reduce the amount of bacteria in the environment. Have questions? Please contact us at info(at)x-static.com. 1. DeAngelis DL, Khakoo, R. DeAngeleis, D.L. Hospital Privacy Curtains: Cleaning and Changing Policies – Are We Doing Enough? American Journal of Infection Control....

X-STATIC® ANTIMICROBIAL TECHNOLOGY CALLS FOR RESEARCH PROPOSALS

Leads Charge to Prove Soft Surface Fabrics Are Essential for a More Complete Infection Prevention Program Noble Biomaterials, Inc., manufacturer of X-STATIC® Antimicrobial Technology announced a call for research proposals to generate hard evidence supporting the need for soft surface bacterial management in healthcare settings. The call for proposals comes after newly released recommendations from the Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America (SHEA) shed light on the issue of contaminated healthcare personnel apparel in the hospital environment. Our vision to be the premier provider of bacterial management solutions for healthcare includes supporting the industry to generate the evidence-based practice it needs,” said Karin Mueller, Vice President of Marketing at Noble. “We expect our infection prevention partners to hold us to that standard and we’re equipped to meet and exceed those expectations. There are numerous studies proving healthcare fabrics such as privacy curtains, lab coats, scrubs and linens, are contaminated with dangerous bacteria and that contamination occurs quickly after laundering1. However, the SHEA Expert guidance describes certain research gaps needed to drive facilities to address this issue. Noble pledges to support two such areas: the role attire (and additional healthcare fabrics) plays in the transmission of pathogens and its impact on healthcare associated infections (HAIs), as well as the impact of antimicrobial fabrics on the level of bacteria associated with those fabrics and a cost/benefit analysis of using these as a permanent solution. Healthcare systems and researchers interested in working with Noble are encouraged to submit proposals to research@x-static.com. X-STATIC® is an EPA registered, silver based antimicrobial solution proven to reduce 99.9% of bacteria on the surface of fabrics within...

Nurse Angels Clothing Company, LLC Partners With X-STATIC® Technology to Provide Affordable and Fashionable Antimicrobial Apparel

SCRANTON, PA – Nurse Angels Clothing Company LLC™, manufacturer of WINGS™ brand professional medical apparel announced a partnership with Noble Biomaterials to incorporate X-STATIC® Antimicrobial Technology in its new line of scrubs, lab coats, bed linens and patient apparel. The new WINGS™ apparel line includes a unique jumpsuit style uniform to help nurses bring fashion to the workplace. Studies show that multi-drug resistant bacteria can live on fabrics and, as a nurse, I think about how few of us change out of our uniforms before leaving work to head home or to the grocery store or shopping mall,” said Robyn Stephens, RN, BSN, and Managing Partner of Nurse Angels Clothing Company LLC as well as a Clinical Nurse Manager for several departments in a Kansas City metropolitan hospital. “WINGS™ clothing by X-STATIC® technology will ensure our customers not only look great and feel comfortable, but also provide a way to protect their patients and families from infection. X-STATIC® is the premier technology for antimicrobial fabrics and is a registered antimicrobial agent with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The proprietary technology permanently bonds textile fibers with a layer of 99.9 percent pure metallic silver. The silver fibers are woven directly into finished fabrics creating am ionic shield which prevents the growth of bacteria directly on the surface of the fabric. It.is the active ingredient in both FDA-registered and CE-approved products for advanced wound care and has undergone extensive safety testing. In addition to its use in healthcare settings, it is used by Olympic athletes, elite military forces, NASA astronauts and many of the world’s premier consumer brands. Robyn Stephens, designer...

Soft Surface Fabrics Identified as a Priority for Infection Prevention In Recent Issue of Healthcare Purchasing News

February’s issue of Healthcare Purchasing News discusses contaminated soft surfaces as an important part of improving environmental hygiene and creating a more effective infection prevention program. On the heels of a recent announcement from the Society of Epidemiology of America (SHEA) concerning healthcare personnel attire, this continues the drive toward better addressing soft surfaces fabrics in facilities nationwide. While many regulatory guidelines and recommendations are outdated for soft surfaces, the recent attention SHEA has given to this issue points us in a promising direction.In a previous post, we talked about how establishing a baseline and conducting an assessment of soft surfaces can get you started on the right track toward incorporating them into a more complete infection prevention protocol. The article from HPN also profiled several solutions available to healthcare facilities today including X-STATIC® antimicrobial technology.It’s important to choose a product that is EPA-registered and provides a permanent solution through continuous antimicrobial activity. A permanent solution will remove staff compliance issues. To view this entire article, please visit...