Our Ionic+® technology uses natural antimicrobial science to fight microbes on soft surfaces. Noble Biomaterials offers three levels treatment in our portfolio of products, from consumer to healthcare to wound care.
The primary mechanism of action behind Ionic+ technology is the release of silver ions from the yarn, fiber, fabric, or foam. When you incorporate Ionic+ technology into products, ion release in the presence of moisture (such as moisture vapor naturally emitted by the skin) combats negatively charged ions. This ionic action helps inhibit and eliminate microbes on the surface of the product, protecting it from microbial impacts.
In the metalized form of our Ionic+ products, 99.9% pure silver is permanently bonded to the surface of fiber, filament, fabric, or foam.
In the extruded form of our Ionic+ products, charged silver ions are permanently embedded into the fiber or filament.
In the topical form of Ionic+, positively charged silver ions are added to the fabric at the finishing stage.
Clothing, sheets and towels are in close contact with the microorganisms of the skin and those of the environment. This creates a warm and often moist environment next to the skin, which leads to the growth of bacteria. These microorganisms can lead to unpleasant odors, staining, fabric deterioration, and even physical irritation.
The Ionic+ Antimicrobial Advantage™ can be used everywhere—footwear, athletic clothing, sportswear, tailored clothing, denim, accessories, bedding, towels. There’s no limit!
In a study called Microbial Odor Profile of Polyester and Cotton Clothes after a Fitness Session, researchers investigated the microbial growth and odor development in cotton and synthetic clothing fabrics on T-shirts collected from 26 healthy individuals after an intensive bicycle spinning session.
The figure at right represents 31 unique species found on the T-shirts. The isolates were classified into three bacterial phyla: Firmicutes, Antibacterial, and Proteobacteria.
As you can see, moisture and sweat create a perfect environment on clothing for microorganisms to flourish and generate the waste that creates odors, stains, and fabric deterioration. Ionic+ technology resists microorganism growth on the product.
It begins with sweat. Humans produce two kinds: eccrine and apocrine. Eccrine sweat is the watery, salty, and generally neutral smelling sweat that you secrete it all over your body. Even when you are not working out, your body is still emitting moisture vapor. Apocrine sweat comes from glands and is a thick, oily fluid made up of fatty compounds. Like eccrine sweat, apocrine sweat doesn’t stink on its own either.
Your microbiome, which is made up of the microbes that live on your skin, love to eat the fatty, oily compounds in endocrine sweat. It’s actually the molecular waste from these microbes eating the sweat that leaves odor and stain.
Ionic+ treated products are self-cleaning of microbes. When clothing or footwear is inhospitable to microbes, the clothing won’t carry the smells associated with those odor-causing bacteria.
(Previously branded X-STATIC®)
Products empowered by Ionic+ technology inhibit the growth of microbes—even drug-resistant bacteria and viruses—on the surface of fabrics. We believe that cleaner hospitals are safer hospitals and that protecting soft surfaces is equally as important as hard surfaces. Our brand partners are making great strides in providing solutions.
Even before coronavirus changed the face of healthcare, Healthcare Associated Infections (HAIs) were 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 H AIs—both human and financial—are staggering. Annually, they kill more people than influenza and pneumonia, car accidents, and breast cancer. These infections can lead to significant morbidity and mortality, with tens of thousands of lives lost each year. Additionally, H AIs are estimated to cost billions of dollars annually.
Ionic+ Antimicrobial Advantage ™ Offers a Permanent and Continuous Solution
Ionic+ treated products is used in the healthcare market to provide clinical-quality antimicrobial performance. Manufacturers of advanced wound care products incorporate Ionic+ technology into various medical devices including advanced wound care treatments, dressings, medical socks, and orthopedic soft goods. To protect fabrics surrounding patients and staff in a healthcare environment and prevent the growth and cross-contamination of bacteria on the surface of fabrics, manufacturers of healthcare apparel and textiles incorporate Ionic+ technology into soft surfaces like privacy curtains, scrubs, lab coats, patient apparel, and bedding.
Bacteria have been shown to live on cotton and polyester fabrics for weeks, and even months. Laundering alone is not effective enough, as there is no residual protection against further contamination. Instead, soft surface protection must be addressed and recognized as part of a more complete infection protection protocol.
(Previously branded X-STATIC®)
In advanced wound care applications, silver can help prepare the wound for closure by managing the microbial contamination at the surface. Ionic+ for Infection Management & Healing is a proprietary silver-based antimicrobial technology used for mission-critical healthcare applications, including advanced wound care.
Noble Biomaterials currently holds multiple 510(k) FDA approvals for advanced wound/burn care dressings. They are versatile, can be cut to size, sterile and non-adherent. They provide a sustained release of silver cations for broad spectrum coverage and high versatility, which allows dressings to be used for indicated wound applications such as partial thickness burns, incisions, skin grafts, donor sites, lacerations, abrasions, and Stage I-IV dermal ulcers (vascular, venous, pressure and diabetic).