Soft Surfaces and Infections: Protecting Your Patients From HAIs

Our innovative scrubs receiving final touches in production

Our innovative scrubs receiving final touches in production.

When you are admitted to a hospital, you have an expectation that when you arrive ill, you will leave healthy. It’s the unwritten contract between the acute care facility and the general public: We will do whatever is in our power to cure what ails you. Unfortunately, many are treated at facilities that make them sicker. 

Antibiotic-Resistant Super Bugs Prevalent in Hospitals

While Ebola has commanded the headlines lately, causing a great amount of fear and panic, its more likely that you will get sick from an healthcare-associated infection (HAI). Healthcare-associated infections (HAIs) cause serious problems for hospitals resulting in millions spent on legal action, treatment for the infection and negative public perception.

In fact, Consumer Reports hospital ratings report awarded their highest overall infection prevention rating to only 355 hospitals nationwide. That means only 355 hospitals out of the thousands across the country have a top rating for preventing infection. An even smaller number of hospitals - only 37 - reported zero incidents of infections that are measured by Consumer Reports.

According to a survey by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, “about 1 in 25 hospital patients has at least one healthcare-associated infection. There were an estimated 722,000 HAIs in U.S acute care hospitals in 2011. About 75,000 hospital patients with HAIs died during their hospitalizations.” Among many other illnesses such as pneumonia, antibiotic-resistant super bugs like C. Diff and MRSA are to blame.

Dress to Make a Difference: Raising the Standard for Patient Care

For hospitals concerned with maintaining a high standard of care, HAIs are particularly troublesome. Preventative measures such as hand-washing have proven effective in stopping the spread of infection, but ensuring that health care practitioners comply can be challenging. 

Taking a closer look at what spreads infections may reveal some interesting culprits. Soft surfaces such as scrubs and privacy curtains could tell an interesting story. How often are privacy curtains laundered and disinfected? Are doctors and nurses wearing scrubs to lunch and risking introducing infection when they return to the hospital? Are they picking up stains throughout the day and spreading them to patients?

Innovations in soft surfaces such as scrubs are long overdue. An aggressive and thoughtful plan to reduce HAIs should include a focus on soft surfaces.

Do you think scrubs are an important part of infection prevention? Would you wear an antimicrobial scrub if it could reduce the spread of infection? Tell me in the comments! 

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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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Patient Safety Awareness Week Draws Attention to Dangers Such as HAIs

Patient Safety Awareness Week

Healthcare Associated Infections (HAIs) have been in the news a lot lately. There is a clear need for innovative solutions to the problem. Best practices such as hand hygiene, and protective gear can only go so far. Soft surfaces can become a key weapon in the fight against these deadly infections.

The CDC released the latest Vital Signs report on HAIs and the news is not great. More needs to be done to stop HAIs. The key actions outlined to prevent antibiotic resistant infections include: Preventing infections from catheters and after surgery, stopping the spread and improving antibiotic use. Further, the report recommends that gowns and gloves should be used when treating patients with HAIs. Many other soft surfaces in the patient environment can undermine best practices, such as privacy / cubicle curtains, bed sheets/pillowcases, scrubs, and patient gowns.

Also released recently, the newest Prevention Status Reports (PSRs) from the CDC highlights the status of policies and practices designed to address 10 important public health problems. The report features an interactive map that details each states’ health topics, including HAIs.

Also in the news, St. Mary’s Health Care System in Athens, Ga utilized UV light as a protocol to reduce the spread of HAIs on the hard surfaces of their facility. The team at St. Mary’s is commended for their forward-thinking innovative approach. Taking the HAI fight a step further by addressing soft surfaces would prove time and resources well spent.

Coincidentally, March 13-19 is Patient Safety Awareness week, a week dedicated to raising awareness of threats like HAIs and reminding us “we are all patients.” Created by the National Patient Safety Foundation, Patient Safety Awareness Week is the culmination of the United in Patient Safety Campaign. The National Patient Safety Foundation is providing a number of ways to get involved - including taking the pledge for patient safety. Prime Medical is proud to be a supporter of this important week. We have shared information through our social media accounts to raise awareness.

How will you support Patient Safety Awareness week? Share your thoughts with us in the comment section  below.

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