X-STATIC® Antimicrobial Technology announces a new webinar available for CE credit, “A More Complete Approach to Infection Prevention: Bacterial Management of Soft Surfaces and Associated Reduction in HAIs.” Launched in conjunction with Infection Control Today, the webinar is now available for download here. During the presentation, Infection prevention expert, Peggy Prinz Luebbert, highlights the importance of bacterial management on soft surface fabrics in the healthcare setting and why it’s important to include these in a complete infection prevention bundle.

Studies prove that soft surface fabrics are contaminated. However, they are often ignored by today’s infection prevention protocols. While hand washing and disinfecting hard surfaces like countertops, floors and bed rails help reduce infection rates; their effectiveness is limited without completely breaking the chain of infection. Soft surface fabrics such as privacy curtains, uniforms/scrubs, bed linens and lab coats make up 90 percent of a patient’s contact environment and because of the frequency of contamination, laundering alone is insufficient and does not reduce cross contamination while in use.

Luebbert identifies what soft surfaces are in the healthcare setting and reviews current clinical data on contamination and transmission of bacteria via these surfaces. She also discusses the lack of standardized protocols, limited number of guidelines and the ineffectiveness of laundering alone – underscoring the need for a better solution. The most effective solution is one that doesn’t require behavior modification or training, such as antimicrobial fabrics. For more information on CE credit requirements, please visit infectioncontroltoday.com.

X-STATIC ® antimicrobial technology permanently bonds textile fibers with a layer of 99.9 percent pure metallic silver. The silver layer creates an ionic shield that inhibits the growth of bacteria and fungi directly on the surface of the fabric. It provides a continuous, permanent antimicrobial solution that increases patient and healthcare worker safety.