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New Study Reveals Infrequent Laundering of White Coats and Scrubs – Underscores the Need for Antimicrobial Fabric Solution

A new study published in the June 2013 issue of the American Journal of Infection Control (AJIC) showed that uniforms in healthcare facilities are not washed on the recommended daily basis. While the study focused on the different laundering practices between provider types, it revealed that 90 percent of survey respondents washed their white coats only once a month. Scrubs were washed more frequently than white coats, but on an average of every two days. Even so, an equal number of respondents (90%) were aware that their uniforms were potentially contaminated deadly bacteria. A recent whitepaper released by X-STATIC® discusses immediate action steps toward incorporating soft surface bacterial management into every day infection prevention protocols, such as conducting a soft surface fabric risk assessment including assessing staff laundering procedures and awareness of bacterial contamination of these and other healthcare laundered fabrics (linens, patient gowns, privacy curtains, etc.). The whitepaper also discusses incorporating antimicrobial fabrics as part of a comprehensive environmental hygiene program. A major obstacle for most infection prevention technologies and programs is staff compliance. Incorporating engineering controls like antimicrobial fabrics powered by X-STATIC® technology reduce the reliance on the staff to follow proper procedures.  The antimicrobial protection will also protect staff and patients between launderings as studies have shown uniforms are quickly re-contaminated after being put back in use. X-STATIC® technology is registered antimicrobial agent with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). It 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... read more

X-STATIC® Antimicrobial Technology Featured in the June Issue of Infection Control Today — “Evaluating Antimicrobial Textiles”

Infection Control Today featured an informative slideshow, “Evaluating Antimicrobial Textiles,” on its website. The slideshow was adapted from an article that appeared in the June 2013 issue and takes a look at the issue of Healthcare-Associated Infections (HAIs) and how antimicrobial fabrics powered by X-STATIC® can help prevent the spread of bacteria in healthcare environments. Peggy Prinz Luebbert participated in the panel discussion on behalf of X-STATIC®. When asked about the lack of attention given to contamination of laundered fabrics in the patient environment, Luebbert states, “Very little attention is currently given to bacterial management of soft surfaces compared to infection prevention protocols for hand hygiene and hard-surface disinfection. The problem is that the effectiveness of these other procedures is compromised without incorporating soft surface fabrics into an overall infection prevention program.”   The panelists also discuss: What infection preventionists should know when evaluating antimicrobial textiles Making the business case for adopting antimicrobial textiles as part of an overall infection prevention program Clinical evidence on the effectiveness of antimicrobial fabric technologies To view the entire slideshow, please click here. X-STATIC® technology is registered antimicrobial agent with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). It 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 continuous, permanent protection of fabrics between launderings and lasts the life of the product.  Since it is inherent in the fabric, it requires no modification in staff behavior, mitigating compliance issues. It is also safe for the environment and staff earning... read more

Join Us for Our Educational Symposium at the 40th Annual APIC Conference!

X-STATIC will be hosting an interactive educational symposium at the 40th Annual APIC conference held in Fort Lauderdale, FL, from June 8-10, 2013. The symposium, titled “Soft Surface Bacterial Management: The Other High Touch Surfaces,” will be held from 6-7:30am on June 8 in room 304/305. Infection Preventionist, Peggy Prinz Luebbert, will lead our discussion on bacterial contamination of soft surface fabrics and immediate action steps toward incorporating these in a more complete HAI prevention protocol. Only 10% of surfaces with direct patient contact are protected from HAI-causing bacteria, the remaining 90 percent is made up of soft surface fabrics that are not properly addressed by today’s guidelines. Attendees will learn: What the clinical evidence says about soft surface bacterial contamination Gaps in current practice and limited guidelines How to conduct a risk assessment for soft surface fabrics Tips for incorporating soft surfaces into an IP bundle If you haven’t already, make sure to pre-register for the symposium by clicking here.  Complimentary breakfast and mimosas will be served and it’s sure to be a great start to the show! X-STATIC® will also be exhibiting at booth 415. Stop by to see and feel products powered by X-STATIC® in a simulated hospital environment. See you there! For a list of our partners and where to find products powered by X-STATIC, please visit http://www.infectionpreventiontextiles.com/FeaturedPartners.php. Like” X-STATIC® on Facebook or follow us on Twitter... read more

Noble Biomaterials Acquires Carolina Silver

SCRANTON, Pa.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Noble Biomaterials, Inc., the global leader in bacterial management solutions and manufacturer of X-STATIC® silver fiber technology, announced the acquisition of Carolina Silver LLC, a full-service manufacturer of silver-based fabric, yarn and fiber. Based in Maiden, North Carolina, Carolina Silver’s advanced facility is located in the heart of the North American textile industry and has been offering customers a wide range of anti-bacterial and conductive technology solutions since 2003. Carolina Silver‘s technologies provide proprietary solutions to the wound care, military and industrial markets places under the AG3+ brand. “Carolina Silver has been a leader within the silver textile solutions industry,” said Jeff Keane, CEO of Noble Biomaterials. “Its technologies will support the growth of the X-STATIC brand in preventing infections, healing wounds and eliminating odor.” “The integration of Carolina’s technologies into Noble’s best in class business model and global sales capability will allow us to reach many more customers around the world,” said Jerry Finney, CEO of Carolina Silver. Made with 99.9% pure silver, X-STATIC® is the premier silver antimicrobial technology designed to protect products from bacteria, fungi and odor. It naturally inhibits the growth of bacteria in apparel and textiles permanently; preventing the spread of infection, healing chronic wounds and keeping athletic gear smelling fresher and lasting longer. Noble Biomaterials Inc. was advised by Dechert LLP and Brookwood Associates. For more information, visit... read more

X-STATIC® Antimicrobial Technology Featured in the April Issue of Healthcare Purchasing News

In this month’s issue of Healthcare Purchasing News Peggy Prinz Luebbert discusses the importance of incorporating soft surfaces into an overall infection prevention protocol. The article outlines the problem with ignoring these in everyday infection prevention practice. Luebbert states: “Physician white coats and ties, nurse uniforms and scrubs have been shown to be colonized with pathogenic organisms. As such, they are a potential source of cross contamination.” She goes on to say, “Overlooking soft surfaces creates additional potential for re-contamination of already washed hands before patient contact.” Current laundering practice is also discussed. While it is recognized as essential to launder soft surface fabrics in healthcare, there are things that can hinder its effectiveness as a complete solution. For instance, the article states that “even when proper procedures are followed, clinical evidence shows that fabrics are quickly re-contaminated after being put back in use.” Products powered by X-STATIC® antimicrobial technology are recommended as a solution to help mitigate the risk for healthcare associated infections in hospital settings.  To view this entire article, please visit... read more

National Patient Safety Week Focus: Soft Surface Bacterial Management

National Patient Safety Awareness Week has passed, but this year’s theme “Patient Safety 7/365: 7 days of recognition, 365 days committed to safe care,” underscores the need for continual awareness and conversation.  X-STATIC® antimicrobial technology recognizes the great achievements that have been made in the field of patient safety; however there is still work to be done. Soft surfaces make up 90 percent of the patient healthcare environment but are a missing piece of many infection prevention and safety protocols today. In the following scenario, see if you can pick out this nurse’s mistake. While changing the dressing of a MRSA infected wound, a nurse realizes that visitors in the hall can see her ICU patient in a compromised position.  With her gloves on, the nurse pulls the curtain shut with a quick tug.   After completing the dressing change, she straightens the patient’s bedding and gown and quickly throws her favorite roll of tape back into her uniform pocket as she leaves the room — throwing her gloves into the trash. In this scenario the nurse has done everything right, except for one thing; she has potentially contaminated almost all of the soft surfaces in this patient’s room as well as her own uniform!  Although this was probably unintentional, cross contamination of this nature is extremely common and soft surface fabrics like privacy curtains, scrubs and lab coats can go without cleaning for extended periods of time. It has been proven that soft surface fabrics act as “fomites,” which allow bacteria to grow and multiply. In a 2012 AJIC online published study, privacy curtains in three different medical wards... read more

X-STATIC ® ANNOUNCES WEBINAR ON SOFT SURFACE BACTERIAL MANAGEMENT AVAILABLE FOR CE CREDIT

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... read more

Infinitude Clothing™ Partners With X-STATIC® Antimicrobial Technology to Add Infection Prevention Benefits to Its Fashion-Forward Apparel Line

SCRANTON, PA (December 27, 2012) – Infinitude Clothing™, designer and manufacturer of professional medical apparel, recently partnered with Noble Biomaterials to incorporate the proven performance of X-STATIC® Antimicrobial Technology in a new line of premium fashion-forward medical scrubs, white coats, surgical hats/caps and stethoscope covers. The new apparel line from Infinitude features a blend of trend-setting style, quality and comfort. Soft, durable and functional, the brand will offer scrubs in ready-made designs in an array of colors as well as a wide range of made-to-order individualized designs. Healthcare associated infections (HAIs) are the fourth leading cause of death in the United States, resulting in approximately 99,000 deaths annually – more than breast cancer, diabetes, influenza and car accidents. Moreover, 90 percent of the patient contact environment is made of up soft surface fabrics such as scrubs and lab coats and these have been proven to be contaminated. 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 permanent protection for patients and staff between launderings, lasts the life of the product and since its inherent in the fabric, does not require modification in staff behavior. “We recognize the importance of infection control in healthcare today,” said Dr. Gil Ortega, board-certified orthopedic surgeon and founder of Infinitude Clothing. “Infinitude Clothing powered by X-STATIC technology will allow our customers to not only look and feel great, but better equip them in the battle against healthcare associated infections.” Infinitude Clothing designs and... read more

In Case You Missed It! Infection Prevention Article Series Sponsored By X-STATIC®

Just because International Infection Prevention Week is over, doesn’t mean we’ve stopped thinking about this important issue. In case you missed it, X-STATIC® Antimicrobial Technology sponsored the #IIPW article series from Becker’s ASC which focuses on the important issues for infection prevention today. Catch up on some reading over the holiday and check out the series including the article on “Incorporating Soft Surface Fabrics in the IP Bundle” from Peggy Prinz Luebbert that discusses six key steps for an effective infection prevention program: Good hand hygiene practices, Effective contact isolation practices, Proper laundering of uniforms, Use of antimicrobial fabrics, Hard Surface Disinfection, and Proper use of PPE. http://www.beckersasc.com/asc-quality-infection-control/incorporating-soft-surface-fabrics-in-the-ip-bundle-6-considerations-for-complete-environmental-disinfection.html You can also visit X-STATIC® on Facebook to tell us your thoughts on soft surface bacterial management and enter for a chance to win a FREE Encompass META® Performance RX® lab coat powered by X-STATIC... read more

X-STATIC® ANTIMICROBIAL TECHNOLOGY SUPPORTS INTERNATIONAL INFECTION PREVENTION WEEK

(SCRANTON, PA) – Noble Biomaterials, manufacturer of X-STATIC®antimicrobial technology for soft surface fabrics in healthcare, is joining the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC) as a Champion for International Infection Prevention Week (IIPW), October 14-20, 2012.  The week recognizes the efforts made toward reducing preventable infections in healthcare settings. Approximately 99,000 people die annually from healthcare associated infections (HAIs) in the United States[1] – more than breast cancer, diabetes, influenza and car accidents. Even so, there is comparatively little consumer awareness of these preventable conditions. X-STATIC aims to raise awareness about the spread of HAI-causing bacteria on soft surfaces – a missing piece of most infection prevention protocols today. Even though soft surface fabrics (privacy curtains, lab coats, scrubs, patient apparel and bed linens) constitute 90 percent of the patient environment, they are often overlooked in infection prevention protocols and largely missing in the industry guidelines set forth by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Launched during IIPW and continued through November 16th, X-STATIC is asking infection preventionists to visit its Facebook page and fill out a short survey about current soft surface infection prevention activities in their facility. Participants will be entered in a sweepstakes for a chance to win an Encompass Performance RX® lab coat powered by X-STATIC technology. There will be one winner each day in honor of IIPW. Please click here to enter and for official sweepstakes rules. “We recognize the importance of infection prevention and the profound effect it can have on the safety of patients and healthcare staff as well as the economic welfare of healthcare facilities,” said... read more

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