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Soft surface fabrics are proven by 3rd party researchers around the world to be contaminated with bacteria. Bacteria can survive weeks and even months on healthcare textiles. Laundering alone is not a solution. Healthcare worker apparel and linens have been implicated as sources in infection outbreak situations. Lack of regulatory guidelines have created a “gap” in practice where these high-touch surfaces are largely ignored.
The Issue: Healthcare Associated Infections (HAIs)
The reduction of HAIs is widely acknowledged as one of the world’s leading healthcare challenges. Despite the measures taken and improvements made to manage the issue, the current costs associated with HAIs, both human and financial, are staggering.
One study showed that 42% of hospital privacy curtains were contaminated with VRE. 22% with MRSA. Hand imprint cultures demonstrated that these pathogens were easily acquired on hands.
Trillis F 3rd et al. Contamination of hospital curtains with healthcare-associated pathogens. Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology 2008, 29:1074-6