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X-STATIC® Antimicrobial Technology has been chosen by Nebraska Methodist Hospital to elevate its standard of care for fabrics in the healthcare environment. The facility will install bacteria-resistant Arc-Com privacy curtains powered by X-STATIC® in the post anesthesia care unit (PACU) of its new surgery center.
Terry Micheels, MSN, RN, CIC, the aervice leader of the epidemiology department at Nebraska Methodist Hospital explains, “We have things we do to address soft surface fabric risk in the facility already. However, we felt a better solution was needed for the new PACU, which would contain a number of cubicle curtains for patient privacy needs.”
A 2012 study published in the American Journal of Infection Control concluded that privacy curtains are rapidly contaminated, with 92 percent showing contamination within one week. Micheels evaluated antimicrobial solutions and determined a technology which is permanently integrated into the product was optimal next to a temporary topical solution. The durability of X-STATIC, certified at 200-plus commercial launderings, was a critical decision-making factor.
“Fabrics are contaminated and are a critical link in the chain of infection,” says Joel Furey, chief commercial officer at Noble Biomaterials. “This means we must update policy and standard practice, follow proper cleaning procedures and understand what technologies are available to us to actively and continuously manage contamination.”
Peg Luebbert, MS, MT (ASCP), CIC, CHSP, founder of Healthcare Interventions, LLC, offers suggestions for anyone evaluating soft surface fabric solutions: “I suggest you pay close attention to any kill claims made by antimicrobial fabric manufacturers and ensure those claims are backed by the appropriate approvals. For example, a fabric that claims it 'kills MRSA' needs to have a public health claim approved by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). To my knowledge, there are no soft surface fabrics currently available that have the ability to make the kill claim.”
Luebbert also stresses that antimicrobials aren’t all the same and identified questions to ask: Is it currently registered as an antimicrobial with the EPA or is that pending? What is the durability and efficacy of the product? Is the end product certified, or is it just the technology?
Fabrics powered by X-STATIC® are the premier solution for bacterial management on scrubs, uniforms, privacy curtains, and lab coats. It is currently registered as an antimicrobial with the EPA and is the only company to certify the efficacy of its technology in finished products. X-STATIC® is made in the U.S., has undergone extensive safety testing and is used by Olympic athletes, U.S. armed services, premier athletic brand lululemon athletica inc., and many other leading consumer brands.
Source: Noble Biomaterials, Inc.