Thursday, July 9, 2015

[ Technical Textiles - Increase in Healthcare Worker Adoption of VESTEX® Protective Attire Addresses Healthcare Uniform Contamination Concerns Thomas Jefferson University Hospitals, Flagler Hospital and the University of North Florida School of Nursing convert to VESTEX to enhance staff safety and patient experience .]

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 

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 

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

1 G. Bearman, et al., A crossover trial of antimicrobial scrubs to 
reduce methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus burden on healthcare 
worker apparel. 
Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology. 2012: Vol. 33; No. 3.



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Last updated on: 07/07/2015.


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