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...

SHEA Releases New Guidance for Healthcare Personnel Attire

The Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America (SHEA) recently issued new guidance on attire worn by personnel in healthcare facilities. SHEA’s recommendations concluded “attire should attempt to balance professional appearance, comfort, and practicality with the potential role of apparel in the cross-transmission of pathogens.”The organization called for more clinical studies to determine the relationship between attire and healthcare associated infections (HAIs), however noted several studies that demonstrate various types of attire can be contaminated. Find the full guidance “Healthcare Personnel Attire in Non-Operating-Room Settings”published in the Journal of Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology here: http://www.jstor.org/stable/10.1086/675066 This guidance is an important step in updating regulations concerning soft surface fabrics, but more work is needed.SHEA discusses daily laundering and a “bare-below-the-elbows” approach for attire. However,additional studies have shown heavy contamination of pockets as well. Other soft surface fabrics such as privacy curtains and bed linens have also proven to be fomites and healthcare staff should be educated on the risks associated with touching these surfaces before touching a patient.Laundering daily is certainly essential, but fabrics are rapidly contaminated after being put back in use, so this is also not the only line of defense. It is clear soft surface fabrics need to have a place in a comprehensive infection prevention program to effectively break the chain of transmission. We can all agree that cleaner hospitals and safer hospitals. X-STATIC® is committed to providing research support and generating the evidence-based practice needed to stir facilities to action. Products powered by X-STATIC®are proven to permanently and continuously reduce bacteria on the surface of fabrics. This coupled with proper hand hygiene and hard surface...

Promise Hospital in San Diego Addresses Contamination of Soft Surface Fabrics

Did you catch the recent article in Infection Control Today profiling one facility’s work on soft surface fabrics? Infection Preventionist Victor Lange at Promise Hospital in San Diego, California describes the importance of the patient environment in the transmission of infection, but recognized that soft surface fabrics are often overlooked in determining the source of those infections. Because of this, the facility decided to look at one type of fabric that comes in direct and almost constant contact with the patient – their pillows. Lange and his team conducted a study that showed recently disinfected hospital pillows may not be very clean after all. The researchers swabbed 100 “patient-ready” reusable vinyl-covered pillows over a five-week span. The subsequent analysis showed 38 percent were contaminated with pathogens including MRSA, VRE, E. faecalis, E. coli, P. stuartii, and Yeast, among others. The hospital is taking steps to address the issue including reviewing products with an embedded antimicrobial. It’s essential that we collectively recognize the important role fabrics play in contributing to overall bioburden in the patient environment. Effectively breaking the chain of infection requires a complete infection prevention program addressing all potential bacteria reservoirs. Have you recently looked at contamination of pillows or bedding in your facility? Are you concerned about contamination of other types of fabrics? Let us know in the comment...