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
ORLANDO, Fla. – July 7, 2015 – 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.
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.
About Vestagen and VESTEX®
Vestagen Technical Textiles develops and markets advanced performance textile products and technologies. Its VESTEX® active barrier technology is the first to combine fluid repellent, antimicrobial and breathability properties in one fabric for everyday protection from unanticipated fluid exposure and pathogen transmission. VESTEX is proven in a clinical setting to prevent or reduce the acquisition and retention of contaminants on clothing, reducing methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) on the fabric by 99.99% compared to traditional uniforms. VESTEX is also comfortable, durable and affordable. Product lines, including lab coats, uniforms and patient apparel, are manufactured and sold directly by Vestagen, its retail partners and select distributors. VESTEX fabric is also available for use in garment production by approved licensees. For more information about Vestagen and VESTEX, visit vestagen.com.
Rachel De Jesus