Healthcare Providers Should Consider Soft Surfaces in Battle Against HAIs

To say that healthcare associated infections (HAIs) are bad news is an understatement. They cost millions of dollars, cause pain and suffering to patients and take a toll on healthcare delivery. HAIs can be preventable by disinfecting hard surfaces and instruments. However, they can be tough to fight. They are so tough to fight that in an unusual move, a group of Rochester, NY healthcare facilities - that usually compete for business - came together to fight C. difficile (C. diff) in their facilities.

According to this news story, they recognized that the infection was traveling from one facility to another. They realized that they could be more effective in fighting the infection by working together. Kudos to the hospitals for recognizing that there was a pattern, and through unified best practices they reduced the reoccurrence of C. diff.

We couldn’t help but notice in the article that while hard surfaces were addressed in their process, soft surfaces were not mentioned as a component. Bacteria, viruses and fungi often thrive on soft surfaces for extended periods of time, just as they do on hard surfaces. 

It would be beneficial for healthcare facilities to take a closer look at their soft surfaces: privacy curtains, bed sheets, scrubs, lab coats, and patient gowns that serve as possible carriers of infection. That’s why we developed our bactericidal products to kill bacteria to protect patients and staff. 

HAIs are dangerous, painful, and costly, and healthcare facilities need more weapons in their best practices arsenal to develop a healthier hospital. SAF-T products are the revolutionary soft surfaces solution that provides superior protection using a patented sophisticated science technology to simply kill bacteria.

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Bleach-friendly SAF-T™ Scrubs Earn First-ever Compatibility Partnership for Apparel with Clorox Healthcare

SAF-T is the first-ever scrub brand to earn compatibility partnership with Clorox Healthcare in the apparel category.

Prime Medical, the exclusive provider of chlorine-shielded apparel and textiles for healthcare, announces a joint marketing venture with Clorox Healthcare®, a provider of healthcare disinfecting products. The partnership reflects both companies’ common goal of helping to remove HAI-causing pathogens from the healthcare environment so staff can focus on patient care and foster a safe environment for healing. 

While Clorox Healthcare continues to tackle the threat of pathogen transmission via hard surfaces, Prime Medical has brought to market a revolutionary technology to address the problem of harmful pathogens harbored on soft surfaces like scrubs, privacy curtains, bed linens and patient gowns. Prime Medical’s SAF-T product line is made with a patented fabric technology that retains a shield of chlorine molecules when laundered in Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) registered bleach. The retained chlorine molecules kill potentially harmful bacteria and viruses that can be transmitted via both soft and hard surfaces.

SAF-T scrubs are proven to maintain color integrity without any fading or discoloration, even after contact with sodium hypochlorite-based solutions including Clorox Healthcare® Fuzion™ Cleaner Disinfectant and Clorox® Germicidal Bleach. SAF-T scrubs are the first apparel brand to earn the distinction of compatibility with the Clorox Healthcare Compatible™ program. The Clorox Healthcare Compatible™ program works with manufacturers to screen a broad platform of chemistries to help ensure furnishings, devices and specialized equipment intended for use in healthcare settings are compatible with the cleaning and disinfecting products used to help reduce the risk of infections.

The announcement is a direct benefit to Environmental Service (EVS) staff who clean and disinfect the healthcare environment and play a critical role in infection prevention. SAF-T scrubs ‘no-fade’ color technology ensures EVS uniforms will maintain their appearance and color integrity while staff utilize bleach products to clean and disinfect hard surfaces. The CDC, APIC and OSHA guidelines recommend bleach as a broad-spectrum sporicide to disinfect hard surfaces contaminated by blood spills and tough-to-kill pathogens such as C. difficile spores and norovirus, both of which are resistant to disinfection by quaternary ammonium compounds (QACs). Bleach is not only effective, it’s widely trusted. Eight out of 10 hospitals use bleach to kill pathogens of most concern in their facilities.

The Prime Medical’s SAF-T scrubs are an asset to facilities that utilize Clorox Healthcare® bleach products to target the reduction of healthcare associated pathogens. SAF-T scrubs are the only healthcare apparel designed to harness the power of bleach, while providing long-lasting wear and enabling EVS staff to work, worry-free, in uniforms that won’t fade.

 

About Prime Medical
Prime Medical is the parent company and producer of SAF-T™ textiles and apparel that utilize a “chlorine-shield” fabric technology for privacy curtains, bed linens, patient gowns, scrubs, lab coats and more. Proudly made in the USA, Prime Medical products contribute to a safer healthcare environment by reducing harmful pathogens that can lead to healthcare-associated infections (HAIs) by harnessing the safe, trusted power of EPA-registered bleach. For more information, visit www.primemedical.com.

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Finding Germs & Fighting Them With Every Fiber

Prime Medical Gives Back with Scrubs Donation to CURE Zambia

TAMPA, Fla., Sept. 13, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Prime Medical, the producer of the SAF-T line of bactericidal apparel and textiles for healthcare, has donated 88 sets of scrubs to CURE International's Zambia hospital. The scrubs, which kill 99.9 percent of germs and bacteria on contact, will help protect patients and staff from harmful pathogens that can lead to deadly infections.

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According to the World Health Organization (WHO), 10 out of every 100 hospitalized patients in a developing country will acquire at least one hospital-associated infection (HAI). These infections result in more than 100,000 deaths each year in the U.S. alone. While limited data is available, experts predict that these numbers are even higher in low-income and developing countries like Zambia.

"Giving to those who give of themselves is the cornerstone of our business philosophy," said Jim Sampey, CEO of Prime Medical. "The staff at CURE International truly give of themselves to serve others, and we're proud to support them with this donation."

CURE International operates charitable hospitals and programs in 29 countries around the world. The hospitals specialize in treating children with orthopedic conditions such as clubfoot, bowed legs, cleft lips, untreated burns and hydrocephalus.

"These children deserve the very best we can give them, and preventing infection is so critical to the quality of care we can provide," said Andrew H. Groop, vice president of operations, CURE International. "It's reassuring to know that Prime Medical is helping us raise the standard of treatment for the children in our care."

SAF-T is the only line of healthcare apparel and textiles to use BioSmart® by Milliken, a patented fabric technology that binds chlorine to the surface of fabric to continuously kill 99.9 percent of harmful pathogens for as long as 120 days between wash cycles. Each laundering with EPA-registered bleach completely recharges the germ-killing effectiveness through 75 wash cycles, with no loss of efficacy and without fading the fabric.

Since 2014, Prime Medical has donated nearly 550 sets of bactericidal scrubs to CURE International. The organization is currently planning its fourth donation, which will benefit Tebow CURE Hospital in the Philippines.

About Prime Medical
Prime Medical is the parent company and producer of the SAF-T line of products – an innovative unique line of bactericidal privacy curtains, linens, towels and healthcare apparel that kills 99.9 percent of common germs and bacteria on contact. Made in the USA, SAF-T products provide staff and patients continuous protection from harmful microorganisms that can lead to healthcare-associated infections (HAIs). For more information, visit www.primemedical.com or www.saf-t-scrubs.com.

About CURE International
CURE International is a Christian health care network that operates charitable hospitals and programs in 30 countries worldwide where patients experience the life-changing message of God's love for them, receiving surgical treatment regardless of gender, religion, or ethnicity. Since 1998, CURE has had over 2.5 million patient visits, provided over 180,000 life-changing surgeries, and trained over 7,200 medical professionals.

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University of Dayton Leading the Charge in the Fight Against Healthcare Associated Infections (HAIs)

The Physician Assistant Practice program has purchased SAF-T™ scrubs from Prime Medical

TAMPA, Fla., Aug. 23, 2016 -- When classes begin this fall, the University of Dayton master of physician assistant practice program will be the first teaching organization in the United States to outfit students in revolutionary germ-killing apparel. The program's students will be outfitted in Prime Medical's SAF-T™ scrubs, an innovative line of bactericidal apparel for healthcare that continuously kills germs on contact.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 75,000 patients died in acute care hospitals as a result of healthcare-associated infections (HAIs) in 2011 alone. Unprotected textiles in healthcare are known carriers of these harmful pathogens. A report in the American Journal of Infection Control indicated more than 60 percent of hospital nurses' and physicians' uniforms tested positive for dangerous bacteria.

SAF-T products protect patients from HAIs by killing harmful germs and bacteria and preventing them from spreading.

"It is very exciting to know that our students, staff and the patients they treat will be protected from harmful pathogens that can lead to infections," said Kevin R. Kelly, dean of the School of Education and Health Sciences at the University of Dayton. "We're pleased to lead the way in adding this new layer of infection prevention to our teaching environment." 

SAF-T is the only line of healthcare apparel and textiles to use BioSmart®, a patented fabric technology that binds chlorine to the surface of fabric to continuously kill 99.9 percent of harmful pathogens for 120 days between wash cycles. Each laundering with EPA-registered bleach completely recharges the germ-killing effectiveness through 75 industrial wash cycles, with no loss of efficacy and without fading the fabric.

Bactericidal soft surfaces, such as SAF-T scrubs, augment existing infection prevention protocol, including hand hygiene, hard surface disinfection and instrument sterilization. Rather than serving as a fomite – an object that contributes to the spread of deadly infections – these textiles reduce HAIs and improve patient outcomes.

"Bactericidal fabrics are the new frontier in healthcare apparel, particularly as antibiotic-resistant super-bugs and HAIs continue to rise," said Jim Sampey, CEO of Prime Medical. "We're pleased that the University of Dayton is taking the steps to protect healthcare staff and patients from preventable infections, while also shining a light on new infection prevention protocols for tomorrow's healthcare professionals."

About Prime Medical
Prime Medical is the producer of the SAF-T™ line of products – a unique line of bactericidal privacy curtains, linens, towels and healthcare apparel that kills 99.9 percent of common germs and bacteria on contact. Made in the USA, SAF-T products provide continuous protection from harmful microorganisms that can lead to HAIs. For more information, visit www.primemedical.com or www.saf-t-scrubs.com.

About The University of Dayton
The University of Dayton is a top-tier, national, Catholic, research university and Ohio's largest private university. Founded in 1850 by the Society of Mary (Marianists), the University is characterized by the Marianist educational philosophy of learning in community, welcoming all, serving others, intellectual curiosity and academic rigor, to foster servant-leaders who connect learning with leadership and service. http://udayton.edu.

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Celebrate Nurses Week and #EmbraceSAFT to WIN

In celebration of the upcoming National Nurses Week 2016, we want to see how you embrace a culture of safety at work for chance to win a FREE set of SAF-T™ scrubs, a warm-up jacket or a lab coat!  

Starting on April 15, 2016, take a few moments each day to light up Twitter and Instagram with pictures, selfies, videos or quotes using the hashtag #EmbraceSAFT. Show the world how you and your colleagues embrace safety in healthcare every day.

We’ll keep tabs on all the #EmbraceSAFT posts and will randomly choose one winner each day during National Nurses Week (May 6 – 12, 2016) for some sweet SAF-T swag!

So grab your smartphone, smile, click, post and repeat … not only for a chance to WIN, but to spread the culture of safety and celebrate nursing in your workplace.

Did you know? SAF-T offers the most revolutionary scrubs and lab coats for healthcare professionals – as well as patient gowns, bedding, towels and cubicle curtains. Utilizing a patented fabric technology, all SAF-T products are powered to kill 99.9% of bacteria and viruses including Staph, Hepatitis A, Pneumonia, E. Coli and Salmonella. It’s sophisticated science that powers the fabric, but the end result is simple… SAF-T protects you and your patients from the germs that often lead to HAIs.

Embrace the culture of SAF-T… it starts with you!

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Emergency Departments should look at soft surfaces to prevent infection

We were excited to read that the ACHE is focused on HAIs in Emergency Departments and respectfully submit that Prime Medical has a simple solution. Our SAF-T bed linens, cubicle curtains, patient gowns, lab coats and scrubs kill 99.9% of bacteria and viruses on contact for the life of the product. We use a patented fabric technology that retains the chlorine molecules from each wash cycle, to power our soft surfaces with the sanitizing effect of bleach.

If hospital executives are serious about reducing HAIs, it's time to consider how the fabric products in the ED can become your greatest tool to fight infection. Surround your patients and staff with SAF-T: our  patient gowns, sheets, curtains and staff apparel are the only products that kills 99.9% of staph, pneumonia, E. coli, salmonella and other virulent pathogens - and maintain full efficacy through the life of the product!

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