KEY OPINION LEADERS IN THE INDUSTRY PROVIDE INSIGHT
Soft surface fabrics have been deemed important for the operating room, evidenced by best practice recommendations concerning attire and laundering from the Association of periOperative Registered Nurses (AORN), but a set of best practices outside of this setting are almost non-existent. Recent expert guidance from the Society of Healthcare Epidemiologists of America (SHEA) concerning attire in non-operating room settings offers the most robust set of recommendations to date and takes the lead in establishing the same standard of care found in the operating room to other areas of the healthcare facility. The next step is to follow through from guidance to implementation and make sure we are taking all the precautions we know are available today.
Learn more about the role of fabrics in the healthcare environment:
Soft Surface Bacterial Contamination
Considerations for a Complete Infection Prevention Program
Soft Surface Fabrics: The Other High Touch Surfaces
Action Steps for Incorporating Soft Surface Bacterial Management in a Comprehensive Infection Prevention Bundle
Soft Surface Bacterial Management: Nebraska Methodist Hospital Establishes a New Standard for Soft Surface Fabrics
Nebraska Methodist Hospital discusses using X-STATIC® technology to elevate soft surface practices and addresses concerns around the current lack of guidance and its impact.