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Specialized hospital garments help reduce infections?

A major focus of all hospitals is how they can reduce/eliminate hospital acquired infections. One hospital has taken a major step to do just that by buying new hospital garments for its staff. 

vestexscrubsBaptist Health, in Jacksonville, FL, is the first health system in the world to widely adopt specialized staff and patient garments as part of its commitment to help make health care safer for patients and staff.

Minimizes transmission of organisms

The new garments feature Vestex textile technology, which repels dangerous fluids, resists stains, wicks away perspiration, and contains an antimicrobial that controls odors and prevents degradation of the fabric from micro organisms for the life of the fabric.

The fluid barrier is highly repellent to bodily fluids, dirt, water and oil.

Designed to minimize transmission of organisms from contact with uniforms in acute-care settings, the garments have been shown to reduce Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) on the fabric by 99.9%.

Even in the cleanest, most sterile environment, hospital-acquired infections, like MRSA, are a huge concern.

Investment in safety

This was no small investment. Baptist Health spent more than $1 million on the new uniforms. Each staff member is provided with three uniforms at no cost.

“Patient safety is the bedrock of what we do,” Hugh Greene, Baptist Health president and CEO, said in a press release. “These uniforms are part of an organization-wide emphasis on quality and safety to create the safest possible environment for our patients and staff.”

Baptist worked with with Vestagen Technical Textiles of Orlando, manufacturer of Vestex, to produce the new healthcare attire.

Ashlene Gormley, a nurse at Wolfson Children’s Hospital, told First Coast News that she likes the added protection the uniform gives her and her patients. “Especially working in the newborn ICU, I mean, babies pee on you. They throw up. It’s nice to know that it’s not going to absorb into your under garments and that you can get up and wipe it off.”

Setting a new standard

“It’s about setting a new standard of healthcare worker safety and patient safety,” Vestagen’s Ben Favret told First Coast News.

When healthcare workers are protected, so are their patients.

And not only do the new uniforms protect staff and patients, but they also help them identify who works in which department through a color-coded system. For example, nurses wear royal blue or white uniforms, respiratory wears black, imaging wears pewter, etc.

Patients will also be getting the new breathable, comfortable garments with all of the same protective qualities to wear come fall.

Baptist is donating their old scrubs to an organization that will likely send them to medical facilities in Central and South America.

 

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