PR Newswire ORLANDO, Fla., July 7, 2015 ORLANDO, Fla., July 7, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Adoption of
innovative fabric technology for healthcare worker and patient
attire is growing, as more healthcare facilities forego traditional
uniforms in an effort to better protect patients and staff from
healthcare-associated infections (HAIs). As one indicator of
this growth, Vestagen Technical Textiles reports that a variety
of healthcare facilities have recently converted to its VESTEX
protective uniforms. The facilities include Thomas Jefferson
University Hospitals Emergency Departments, Flagler Hospital
and the University of North Florida (UNF) School of Nursing. VESTEX is the first in a new class of active barrier technology
that combines fluid repellent, antimicrobial and breathability
properties in one fabric, and it is the only daily use protective
fabric proven to reduce harmful contaminants on the fabric in a
hospital setting. "Clinical evidence of contaminated healthcare attire continues
to grow, strengthening the case that patients and healthcare
workers deserve a safer environment," stated Uncas "Ben" B.
Favret III, founder and president of Vestagen Technical Textiles.
"Healthcare facilities are already bundling traditional evidence-
based infection prevention interventions like hand hygiene and
surface disinfection to help minimize the spread of harmful pathogens.
Now they are adding attire made with Vestex to their evidence-based
approach." Flagler Hospital in St. Augustine, Fla. converted more than 1,000
clinical staff members to VESTEX uniforms. The hospital system also
worked with Vestagen to color-code uniforms to help patients better
recognize staff roles throughout the facility. "Our decision to convert to VESTEX attire was two-fold – we wanted
to enhance patient and staff safety, and improve our patient experience,"
said Mary Mantese, DNP, RN, CENP, chief nursing officer at Flagler Hospital.
"The response from staff has been very positive, as they experienced the
fluid-repellent and stain-resistant properties of VESTEX immediately and
feel better protected from unanticipated contaminant exposures." Additionally, over 200 staff in the Emergency Departments at Thomas
Jefferson University Hospitals in Philadelphia have been wearing VESTEX
since January, and UNF's School of Nursing in Jacksonville, Fla., recently
became the first nursing school to transition to VESTEX protected uniforms. "Our nursing students made the decision to switch to these uniforms.
They want to be at the leading edge of new technology and embrace new
developments," said Li Loriz, PhD, ARNP, BC, GNP, associate professor
and director, UNF School of Nursing. Baptist Health of Jacksonville, Fla. was a pioneer in adopting VESTEX
throughout the institution in 2014. The health system converted
more than 6,000 staff members, and all patients, to VESTEX garments
as part of a new comprehensive "Policy of Protection." "These institutions are trailblazers in using protective, everyday
attire to set a new standard of care for both their patients and staff
by making their facilities a safer, and better, place to work,"
commented Dale Pfost, PhD, CEO of Vestagen. "The positive experiences
facilities are reporting after adopting VESTEX are directly aligned with
their priorities to build a comprehensive culture of safety and enhance
patient experience and staff engagement." Vestagen's VESTEX attire is the only textile available in the market
that has been shown in a clinical study to reduce methicillin-resistant
Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) on the fabric by 99.99 percent compared to
traditional uniforms1. For more information about VESTEX technology by
Vestagen, visit vestagen.com. About VESTEX Developed by Vestagen Technical Textiles, VESTEX® is the original,
active barrier protective technology that combines fluid repellent,
antimicrobial and breathability properties in one fabric. Vestagen has
developed VESTEX® uniforms, which are designed to protect healthcare
workers from unanticipated fluid exposure and germ transmission.
VESTEX attire is clinically proven to prevent or reduce the acquisition
and retention of contaminants on clothing and is comfortable, durable
and affordable. Product lines, including lab coats, scrubs and patient
apparel, are manufactured and sold directly by Vestagen, Vestagen's
retail partners and select distributors. VESTEX fabric is also available
for purchase for use in garment production by approved licensees. For more
information, visit vestagen.com. 1 G. Bearman, et al., A crossover trial of antimicrobial scrubs to
reduce methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus burden on healthcare
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