Noble Biomaterials Raises the Bar on Bacterial Management of Textiles

Noble Biomaterials and its X-STATIC® technology based products are seeking "X-STATIC® FANATICS" at the 2011 conference of the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC) that begins today in Baltimore, Maryland. After completing a brief checklist, visitors to the companys booth #702 will be able to declare themselves as "infection prevention fanatics" peron www.facebook.com/XStaticFiber and walk away with some cool aviator mirrored shades reflective of their status as X-STATIC® Fanatics.

"X-STATIC® Fanatics are individuals who go above and beyond in their enduring commitment to excellent patient care. They are vigilantly targeting 0% HAIs and endeavor to achieve 100%cent compliance," says Karin Recchione, director of marketing for Noble Biomaterials. "Were looking forward to having some fun at APIC while driving home the message that there is a superior way to manage bacterial contamination on the majority of patient contact surfaces during their hospital stay i.e. soft surface textiles."

Soft surface textiles, such as cubicle curtains, patient gowns, scrubs/uniforms, lab coats and bed linens, are a proven source of contamination, yet are often overlooked as an infection prevention opportunity. Multidrug-resistant organisms (MDRO) have been proven to survive for long periods of time on these surfaces and can be transferred readily to hands. However, unlike hard surface disinfection and hand hygiene protocols, there are no guidelines for soft surface bacterial decontamination as part of a more comprehensive HAI prevention program. Laundering textiles is not enough as recontamination occurs quickly after they are put back to use.X-STATIC® fibers are permanently bonded with a layer of 99.9 percent pure metallic silver. This silver layer creates an ionic shield that inhibits the growth of bacteria and fungi for the life of the product. Fabrics made with X-STATIC® fibers maintain the natural look and feel of traditional textiles. X-STATIC® antimicrobial fiber technology is clinically-proven to reduce 99.9 percent of bacteria directly on the fabric in healthcare settings.

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