INFECTION PREVENTION

Textiles and hospital acquired infections – Medanta offers a new dimension for work and patient wear.
 
The global threat of infectious diseases

THE EMERGENCE of antibiotic resistant micro-organisms and the number of hospital acquired infections are of increasing concern in the healthcare community. According to the WHO, 4.1 million patients in Europe and  1.7 million in the USA are affected by health care-associated infections every year. Such infections annually account for 37 000 deaths in Europe and 99 000 deaths in the USA. The annual nancial loss is estimated at € 7 billion in Europe and USD 6.5 billion in the USA [1].

Staff hospital uniforms the highest contaminator

Textiles are an excellent environment for bacterial and fungal growth. In a clinical setting, textiles can be an important source of pathogens that may contaminate patients and personnel and the environment, either directly or indirectly. Contaminated textiles, such as contaminated sheets, scrubs and patient wear, in addition to being a source of aerosol transmission of micro-organisms, can also directly contaminate hospital personnel [2].

According to a French study on the contamination of bed linen and staff uniforms in hospitals [3], staff hospital uniforms showed the highest contamination rates in the study. This study also found that most bacteria found on “clean” bed linen likely originated from contact between clean bed sheets and uniforms, while the bed was made by the hospital staff.

Medanta's antimicrobial textiles show 99.9 % reduction of contamination

By using work and patient wear with antimicrobial properties, the risk of pathogen transfer through textiles is clearly reduced. Medanta antimicrobial coating prevents the development of bio-resistant microbial strains. The technology is not selective but works on all microbial species, including already existent antibiotic resistant micro-organisms.

The technology alters the morphology and mobility of microbial cells. The microbial cell is no longer able to divide, and it dies. The active substance mixture is not classified as harmful for health or the environment (Directives 67/548/EC and 1999/45/EC, CLP Regulation (EC) 1272/2008). It does not cause skin irritation or sensitization and is safe to use for both patients and staff. Medanta’s textiles show a 99,9 % reduction of MRSA, Clostridium sp and Klebsiella pneumoniae.

ISO 20743 tested

TAMK (a university lab in Finland) conducted a test on how Medanta textiles’ antimicrobial properties are a affected by the industrial washing process. The test was conducted according to the SFS-EN ISO 20743 standard. A er the garments were washed 100 times, the antimicrobial properties remained excellent. This proves that an investment in Medanta’s workwear is an investment in microbial control throughout the garment’s life cycle without the need for re-treatment of the fabric.

[1] World Health Organization. Fact sheet. http://wwwwho.int/gpsc/country_work/gpsc_ccisc_fact_sheet_en.pdf.

[2] CDC. Fact Sheet. 2007, http://www.cdc.gov/ncidod/hip/ Aresist/mrsafaq.htm.
[3] Anthony Pinon, Jessica Gachet, Virginie Alexandre, et al. Microbiological Contamination of Bed Linen and Staff Uniforms in Hospital.

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