Noble Biomaterials Draws a Crowd With its Lunch & Learn Series at 2015 Outdoor Retailer Summer Market

Noble Biomaterial engaged with media and product designers attending the 2015 Outdoor Retailer Summer Market during its interactive Lunch & Learn Series, which spotlighted its new XT2® and Circuitex™ technologies. The first Lunch & Learn session was presented by Lee Stapleton, director of training and education at Sensory Spectrum. She gave an informative and entertaining presentation on the science of odor highlighting Noble’s XT2® ‘Play More. Stink Less’ attributes. Joel Furey, Noble Biomaterials Chief Commercial Officer, presented an overview of the exploding wearable tech market followed by an introduction of Circuitex™, a technology which enables electronic integration and protection in the products people wear and the way they already wear them. Guests received the opportunity to view and test the many products on display. A review of Noble’s Lunch and Learn Series can be found here:...

Crew from The Doctors “Scrubs In” With X-STATIC®

The Doctors, the popular health and wellness talk show, recently decked out their entire staff and crew in SilverCare® Plus Antimicrobial Scrubs Powered by X-STATIC®! Check out the on-set photo. Wednesdays are hectic around the studio and nursing scrubs powered by X-STATIC® provide a combined level of style, comfort and performance unmatched by any other technology. Their natural odor-fighting and bacteria reduction capabilities help nurses around the world stay fresh during long shifts and keep the fabrics surrounding their patients and families safe. Special thanks to The Doctors for helping us raise awareness for the potential risks associated with spreading bacteria via soft surfaces in healthcare. Want your own pair of SilverCare® Plus Antimicrobial Scrubs? Order them here...

lululemon Introduces No-Stink ‘Run For Days’ Collection

Featuring Silverescent® Technology, Powered by X-STATIC® Just in time for spring-weather training, lululemon debuts a new stink-free collection for women called Run for Days. According to lulu, the Run for Days pieces are designed with special anti-stink technology so they can be worn multiple times before washing – legitimately removing “laundry pile” from our list of workout excuses. The Run for Days series includes a bra, short, tank, crop and short sleeve shirt, all made with Silverescent® technology, powered by X-STATIC®, to inhibit the growth of odor-causing bacteria. We’re looking forward to giving them a try! How about...

Celebrate International Infection Prevention Week With Us!

Presenting an Exciting Webinar Opportunity: Establishing a New Standard of Care for Soft Surface Fabrics. Becker’s Healthcare is partnering with X-STATIC® antimicrobial technology to host a new webinar on soft surface bacterial contamination, October 14, 2014 at 1:15 pm, in observance of International Infection Prevention Week (IIPW), which takes place from October 19-25. The webinar, hosted by Peg Luebbert, MS, MT (ASCP), CIC, CHSP, will focus on immediate action steps for addressing this important, yet often overlooked, piece of the infection prevention puzzle. Luebbert will discuss the business case for addressing soft surface fabrics and highlight facilities that have taken the initiative to elevate their standard of care for soft surface fabrics, including implementing engineering controls such as antimicrobial fabrics powered by X-STATIC®. To register, visit www.beckersasc.com/webinar/establishing-a-new-standard-of-care-for-soft-surface-fabrics.html Studies show that not only do bacteria exist on soft surfaces, but they can survive for up to weeks and months at a time. Addressing all types of environmental contamination will help facilities in their efforts to reduce the occurrence of hospital-acquired infections (HAIs). To learn more about International Infection Prevention Week, click here. For more information on X-STATIC and its premier silver fiber technology, visit www.InfectionPreventionTextiles.com, “like” X-STATIC® on Facebook or follow us...

X-STATIC® Celebrates Environmental Services Week, September 14-20th, 2014

Sunday, September 14th marks the start of Environmental Services Week 2014, which recognizes environmental service (EVS) teams around the world who play a critical role in maintaining a safe environment for healthcare patients, visitors, and staff. Collectively, we think of a safe environment as a place we feel secure and protected from harm. In infection prevention, we think about a safe environment as a clean environment, where patients are protected from dangerous pathogens that can cause hospital-acquired infections (HAIs). EVS personnel are as crucial as the doctors and nurses who treat patients in reducing the spread of infection and work hand-in-hand with infection prevention departments.  We are happy to join the entire Association for the Healthcare Environment (AHE) in acknowledging all the progress the industry has made as well as the individual environmental service professionals for their efforts in caring for a complex healthcare environment. As with hard surfaces, understanding the risks associated with soft surface fabrics in the patient environment will better equip EVS teams to address this infection prevention challenge. Numerous studies have shown soft surface fabrics, such as privacy curtains, to be frequently contaminated with bacteria and that these bacteria can survive for extended periods of time. Even so, one survey of current practices revealed, “thirty-seven percent of hospitals only launder privacy curtains when they are visibly soiled.” [1] Infection prevention and EVS departments can work together to create better standards of care for soft surface fabrics, including written policies for laundering and utilizing engineering controls like antimicrobial fabrics. But remember, not all antimicrobial technologies are created equal! As one of the Becker’s Hospital Review Top...

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...