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X-STATIC® Technology featured in HealthCare Purchasing News

X-STATIC® Antimicrobial Technology was recently featured in the September issue of Healthcare Purchasing News. The feature article on infection prevention discussed innovative solutions for healthcare facilities to reduce environmental contamination and target zero healthcare associated infections. X-STATIC® is clinically-proven to kill 99.9% of bacteria directly on the surface of fabrics. Peggy Prinz Luebbert, MS, MT (ASCP), CIC, CHSP, founder of Healthcare Interventions Inc., and consultant to Noble Biomaterials, said: The bacterial contamination of soft surfaces—such as curtains, lab coats, and scrubs—is a critical issue in the quest to prevent infections. Studies prove that soft surfaces are highly contaminated and that cross-contamination with hands occurs. Studies also prove that laundering is not sufficient, due to rapid recontamination after [being] put in use. Even though soft surface fabrics are proven to be contaminated, standardized procedures and guidelines are lacking.   When asked to describe how the antimicrobial fabric technology works Luebbert said: Soft surfaces powered by X-STATIC® provide a continuous, permanent, and comprehensive solution. The technology lasts the lifetime of the product and requires no change in staff behavior. X-STATIC® is made by permanently bonding 99.9% pure metallic silver to the surface of a textile fiber. This silver layer creates an ionic shield that quickly and continuously inhibits the growth of bacteria and fungi directly on the fabric surface. Fabrics powered by X-STATIC® have been proven to reduce environmental contamination on soft surfaces, which constitute 90% of the patient environment. Read the full article on X-STATIC® Technology in HealthCare Purchasing News. For more information on products powered by X-STATIC® Technology, contact... read more

X-STATIC® Antimicrobial Technology Featured in Critical Care Nurse

X-STATIC® technology, which has been clinically-proven to inhibit the growth of bacteria directly on the surface of fabrics, was recently featured in the October issue of Critical Care Nurse. Fabrics powered by X-STATIC® are highly useful for infection prevention in the healthcare setting because items such as lab coats, bed lines, scrubs, and privacy curtains have been proven to be contaminated by pathogenic organisms. The article notes X-STATIC®’s ability to deliver “quick, comprehensive and permanent protection with a continuous release of silver ions that last for the life of the product.” Read the full article on X-STATIC® technology for soft surface bacterial management in Critical Care... read more

New Study on Soft Surface Bacterial Contamination

Home Laundering Not As Effective A recent study in the American Journal of Infection Control compared the effectiveness of home laundering vs. hospital laundering of healthcare worker scrubs. The results found that home-washed scrubs had significantly higher levels of bacteria than hospital-washed scrubs. Forty-four percent of the home-washed scrubs tested positive for bacteria. Furthermore, 79 percent of the unwashed scrubs tested positive for potentially harmful bacteria. Overall, the study found that home-washing was not a successful way to decontaminate scrubs. The home-washed scrubs had significantly higher bacteria counts than the other washed garments or new garments. The article infers that in order to save money on operational costs, many hospitals allow staff to wash scrubs and other uniforms in their own homes. It recommended that hospitals wash garments in water that reaches 71.1° C for at least three minutes, according to CDC requirements. Standard laundering procedures are essential and uniforms should be laundered at an accredited healthcare laundering facility. However, as this and other studies have shown, re-contamination of scrubs happens very quickly when put back into use. Fabrics (uniforms, scrubs, privacy curtains and bed linens) powered by X-STATIC® antimicrobial technology have been clinically-proven to inhibit the growth of bacteria directly on the surface of the fabric. X-STATIC® offers comprehensive and permanent protection with a continuous release of silver ions that lasts for the life of the product, reducing overall environmental contamination. To learn more visit the X-STATIC® website, and for the latest news and updates follow X-STATIC® on Facebook and... read more

X-STATIC® Antimicrobial Technology Releases Whitepaper on Infection Prevention for Soft Surface Fabrics

(SCRANTON, PA) August 9, 2012 – X-STATIC®, the silver-based antimicrobial technology, released a whitepaper to educate infection preventionists on the issue of contamination of soft surface fabrics in healthcare settings. The whitepaper, titled “Soft Surface Bacterial Contamination: Considerations for a Complete Infection Prevention Program,” examines current data, guidelines and available antimicrobial fabric solutions. Soft surface textiles such as privacy curtains, lab coats, scrubs, and bed linens constitute 90 percent of the patient healthcare environment.  Clinical studies have proven these surfaces are highly contaminated by microorganisms and have the potential to transmit bacteria to patients and healthcare workers.  One such study published in the American Journal of Infection Control found that 92 percent of privacy curtains tested in intensive care units showed contamination within one week, and 95 percent showed contamination over three weeks.  Multi-drug resistant organisms found on the curtains included methicillin-resistant S aureus (MRSA) and vancomycin-resistant enterococcus (VRE). “Despite evidence that these surfaces contain bacteria and that this bacteria can be transmitted to skin, soft surfaces are overlooked in everyday infection prevention practices,” said Peg Luebbert, Infection Control Expert and Founder of Healthcare Interventions, Inc.  “What most people don’t consider is that soft surfaces present a tremendous risk of cross contamination. Simple actions, such as closing a bedside curtain or reaching in a pocket to retrieve a pen, immediately compromise a clean or sanitized hand.   This whitepaper sheds light on how important proper soft surface bacterial management is in the overall reduction of healthcare associated infections.” As part of the “infection prevention bundle,” fabrics powered by X-STATIC® ANTIMICROBIAL technology complete an infection prevention protocol when implemented with other evidence... read more

Noble Biomaterials/X-STATIC® had Big Turnout at APIC 2012!

X-STATIC® antimicrobial technology and Encompass Group hosted an educational dinner symposium on “Infection Prevention Textiles: The New Language in Healthcare” atthe 39th annual APIC Conference in San Antonio, Texas.  There was a tremendous showing of people and we’d like to thank everyone who attended. The number of people demonstrates how soft surface bacterial management is a timely and important topic in infection prevention. Our guest speaker, Peggy Prinz Luebbert, Infection Control Expert and Founder of Healthcare Interventions, Inc., lead the symposium through a review of clinical data on contamination of soft surfaces, current guidelines and regulations and provided an overview of solutions available, including X-STATIC® antimicrobial technology. Soft surface textiles (privacy curtains, lab coats, scrubs, linens) constitute 90 percent of the patient environment and have been proven to contain and transmit pathogenic bacteria. X-STATIC® antimicrobial technology is clinically-proven to eliminate 99.9 percent of bacteria directly on the surface of the fabric and offers continuous and permanent protection. To learn more, visit our X-STATIC website, “Like” X-STATIC on Facebook or follow X-STATIC on... read more

X-STATIC ® SILVER ANTIMICROBIAL TECHNOLOGY PROVIDES INFECTION PREVENTION BENEFITS FOR HEALTHCARE

(SCRANTON, PA) X-STATIC®, the silver-based fiber technology used widely by US Military Forces, Olympic Athletes, NASA astronauts and hundreds of well-known consumer brands, is now available to the healthcare textile industry. Soft surfaces constitute 90 percent of the patient healthcare environment and include privacy curtains, lab coats, scrubs, bed linens and cubicle curtains. Clinical studies have proven these surfaces are highly contaminated by pathogenic organisms,[1],[2] which have the potential to transmit to patients and cause healthcare associated infections (HAIs). Healthcare associated infections take the lives of nearly 100,000 people annually and cost billions of dollars in additional medical treatments. Although hospitals continue efforts to improve infection control, standardized practices for soft surface bacterial management are inadequate compared with those for hand and environmental hygiene. Further, laundering practices are inconsistent and simply ineffective, as re-contamination occurs after laundered items are put into use.[2] Textiles made with X-STATIC® silver antimicrobial technology have been clinically-proven to inhibit the growth of bacteria directly on the surface of the fabric. X-STATIC delivers quick, comprehensive and permanent protection with a continuous release of silver ions that lasts for the life of the product. “Soft surfaces represent a clear gap in everyday infection prevention practice,” said Peg Luebbert, Infection Control Expert and Founder of Healthcare Interventions, Inc. “Hand washing/sanitization is only effective until a healthcare worker touches a contaminated soft surface through regular behaviors like opening a privacy curtain or retrieving a pen from a pocket. For example, if a healthcare worker washes his/her hands and then puts those hands in a contaminated uniform pocket before touching a patient, the risk of cross contamination still exists.”... read more

Noble Biomaterials Packs Up $8M On Strength Of 140-Year Track Record

By Timothy Hay, VentureWire February 10, 2012 Noble Biomaterials Inc., a 140-year-old textile company that has found new life as an advanced-materials developer, has raised an $8 million Series B round as it prepares to transform itself once again. Noble is likely to either go public or be acquired within the next three years, Chief Financial Officer Jim Walsh said. Operating from the same industrial corridor of Scranton, Pa., since 1880–when its main line of business was spinning silk–the company has changed hands several times over the decades and reinvented itself more than once. The Series B was provided by return investor TL Ventures and newcomers DuPont Capital Management and Northwater Capital Intellectual Property Fund, the company said. In 2005, TL Ventures helped transform the company into the advanced-materials player that it is today, company materials said. The firm helped merge Noble–then known as Noble Fiber Technologies–with Sauquoit Silk Co., another established textile company that had found success using synthetic fabrics like nylon. TL Ventures gave the newly formed entity more than $10 million in Series A funding and owns a significant stake in the company, Managing Director Robert Keith said. He declined to give a valuation for the company. The company’s core product today is a proprietary manufacturing process that involves bonding silver with nylon, the CFO said. Silver, once exposed to enhanced processing, has anti-microbial properties, meaning it can stave off infection. Fabrics that can kill germs have potential uses in a variety of industries, from sports to space travel to the military. Noble Biomaterials today has several distinct lines of business. In addition to selling fabrics... read more

X-STATIC technology featured in the December issue of Emergency Medicine News

Follow the link below for the article. http://journals.lww.com/em-news/Fulltext/2011/12000/Technology___Inventions.15.aspx Emergency departments care for millions of patients with countless injuries each year. Ongoing infection prevention activity is essential in this fast-paced, critical care environment. X-STATIC® silver antimicrobial technology is clinically-proven to reduce 99.9% of bacteria directly on soft surface textiles. Utilizing X-STATIC® technology in scrubs, lab coats and privacy curtains allows for lasting protection for both the patients and staff without requiring any direct action from the healthcare... read more

Industry Taking Notice of Need for Soft Surface Infection Prevention: Fabrics Made With X-Static Silver Fibers Provide Staff and Patient Protection

Infection control experts agree that cleaner hospitals are safer hospitals. But while hand washing and disinfecting hard surfaces like countertops, floors, bed rails and instruments have helped reduce infection rates, soft surfaces are an overlooked opportunity for infection prevention. A recent article, “Taking a closer look at Attire” in a November issue of AORN Connections, the publication from the Association of perioperative Registered Nurses, highlights the increased attention being paid to soft surface infection prevention in the healthcare facility.90 percent of the patient environment is made of soft surfaces, attire being just one example. Privacy curtains, bed linens and cubicle curtains have also been shows to contain harmful bacteria that have the potential to be transmitted to patients and increase risk for healthcare associated infections (HAIs). Many institutions do not have formal policies for laundering. AORN’s current “Recommended Practices for Surgical Attire” advises facilities to not allow laundering at home, but to utilize an accredited health care laundering facility.However, laundering is simply not enough. In fact, the article also cites a study that found “within a week of being laundered, 92% of hospital privacy curtains are contaminated with potentially pathogenic bacteria.”  This recontamination is a major obstacle to breaking the chain of infection. The AORN guidelines also address the characteristics of safe surgical attire—noting they “should be tightly woven, stain resistant and durable.” However, there are other characteristics that should be taken into consideration,such as the ability for bacteria to grow on fabric surfaces throughout healthcare settings.X-STATIC is the leader in antimicrobial fabric solutions. Silver’s antimicrobial properties have been well documented andX-STATIC® technology has been developed and researched for... read more

Residential Washers May Not Kill all Hospital-Acquired Bacteria: Products Powered by X-STATIC ® Offer a Solution

A recent study conducted by researchers from London’s University College discovered that residential washing machines may not utilize the proper amounts of hot water necessary to eliminate some dangerous bacteria (methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) and Acinetobacter, a Gram-negative bacteria) from hospital uniforms.   The study, published in the November issue of Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology – highlights how ineffective laundry techniques may lead to the introduction of hazardous bacteria into home environments.   An article about the study in Infection Control Today (ICT) states: The experiments were performed on nurses’ uniforms worn during a work day, as well as swatches of fabric artificially contaminated with MRSA and Acinetobacter. The researchers studied the two bacteria because both are often associated with healthcare-acquired infections (HAIs), and represent two important bacterial types. MRSA is known as a Gram positive bacteria and Acinetobacter as Gram negative. The distinction involves differences in the walls of the bacterial cells. The researchers expect their results are applicable to other types of Gram negative and positive bacteria.   Researchers are planning additional studies to see if common HAI bacteria can remain and develop in residential washing machines after laundering hospital uniforms.  “I like the idea of incorporating X-STATIC ® antimicrobial technology into healthcare worker uniforms. These uniforms could then be considered “engineering controls” -in the language of OSHA- where you minimize the risk of contamination and exposure without depending upon safe work practices by the healthcare staff,” commented Peg Luebbert, Infection Control Expert and Founder of Healthcare Interventions, Inc. “When you reduce the risk of staff uniform contamination – you reduce the risk of exposure to their patients as... read more

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