Silverguard Combats Soft Surface Bacterial Contamination
There is a void in our everyday infection prevention practices. With healthcare associated infections causing nearly 100 000 deaths annually and costing the healthcare system billions, we simply can’t afford to ignore soft surface bacterial management. We need to think about strategies to reduce the potential transfer of bacteria from soft surfaces to patients.
Soft surface textiles, like other environmental surfaces, play an important role in the transmission of bacteria in the healthcare setting.
They have been proven to act as “fomites” where organisms can grow and multiply. Even though soft surfaces constitute 90% of the patient healthcare environment, they are often overlooked in everyday infection prevention practices.
According to Valerie Shanahan, Hospital Director, eMalahleni Private Hospital: “Whilst we have a number of robust initiatives in place to combat infection, cubicle curtains remain a challenge and it is not practical, nor cost effective to launder them daily, that’s why we opted for Silverguard’s antimicrobial curtain solution. In addition to the infection prevention benefits for our patients and staff, enhanced reputation of being at the forefront of optimising the use of proven soft surface infection prevention technology, we also enjoy cost savings from reduced laundering as the antimicrobial properties continue to erode bacteria. This compliments our overall strategy to enhance patient care, quality outcomes and cost efficiencies.”
“To create a more clinically clean environment and enhance standard of care and safety for our patients and staff,” said Dischem Stay Well Clinics Category Manager Lizeth Kruger, “in our 163 in-store Stay Well Clinics we will be introducing Silverguard’s antimicrobial linen range, patient gowns, and our nursing professionals will be wearing our customised, stylish uniform tops manufactured out of antimicrobial fabric.” This creates a clinically safe setting adopting a silver room environment, complementing our culture of an organisation who demonstrates real care.
A number of studies are reported in which transfer via soft surface textiles was identified as the possible cause of an infection outbreak. These include outbreaks associated with bacterial, fungal and also viral strains.
In a clinical study published in 2012, privacy curtails were swabbed over a three week period. Contamination with MRSA, VRE or aerobic gram negative rods was determined.
Privacy curtains are frequently touched but seldom washed.
Silverguard powered by X-Static addresses the problem of contamination and cross contamination on privacy curtains.
• Made to order
• With- or without breathable netting top panel
• Various textiles to choose from
• Special colours can be supplied based on quantity.
Exposed scrubs and uniforms are often worn outside departments and facilities increasing chances of cross contamination. Once contaminated textiles can harbor pathogens for a long period of time.
• Anti- odour
• Thermal regulator
• Available in standard colours and sizes
• Custom made styles are available
• Special colours available based on quantity
Available in white but special colours can be manufactured, subject to quantity. 98% polyester/2% X- Static silver yarn. These gowns offer complete protection against bacteria to the patient, while feeling luxurious.
Using pure metallic silver permanently woven into the fabric has been proven to last for the lifespan of the product. Within 4 hours of the fabric making contact with the bacteria, 99.9% of the organisms will be eliminated. The technology ensures no behavioural modification is required by staff.
Does your uniform and other soft touch surfaces in your workplace offer protection against the lingering bacteria you are exposed to on a daily basis? Our uniforms are made of Silverguard Infection Prevention Antimicrobial Silver Textiles. Sign up to receive a complimentary protective theatre cap with anti-fungal, anti-odour, antimicrobial and thermal regulating properties today! Pure Silver. Pure Protection.
Silverguard powered by X-Static®
Silverguard Textiles (PTY) Ltd is a proudly South African company with the strategic intent to promote antimicrobial technology not only in South Africa but all industries and consumer markets throughout Africa.
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