VESTAGEN DONATION TO MEDSHARE OFFERS NEW PROTECTION FOR HEALTHCARE WORKERS AND PATIENTS IN WEST AFRICA
ATLANTA, GA – September 18, 2014 – Busy healthcare workers need medical apparel that protects them from contaminants they encounter while treating patients. But, these types of uniforms are rarely available in developing countries. Vestagen Technical Textiles, based in Orlando, Florida, is helping MedShare change that for care providers on the front lines of the Ebola outbreak in West Africa.
Vestagen developed Vestex®, the first fabric proven in a clinical setting to minimize the acquisition and retention of pathogens1 on the fabric through three built-in protective features: fluid repellency, embedded antimicrobial and breathability to wick away moisture.
Vestagen recently donated nearly 4,000 uniform pieces with Vestex protection, worth over $140,000, to MedShare for distribution with other medical supplies and equipment to healthcare facilities around the world.
“We constantly receive requests for new uniforms from many of the hospitals and clinics we serve,” said MedShare CEO and President Charles Redding. “This donation will satisfy that need in a huge way by giving doctors and nurses in communities in need more than just uniforms, but another line of defense against contaminants as they work to provide the best possible care for their patients.”
“We feel very compelled to respond to the growing human need developing in West Africa,” said Uncas “Ben” B. Favret III, president and CEO of Vestagen.
“In partnership with MedShare, we are providing an added layer of protection for healthcare professionals in their valiant efforts to care for critically ill patients.”
1. Bearman, Infect Control Hosp. Epidemiology, 2012
Founded in Atlanta in 1998, MedShare collects essential, unused medical supplies and equipment and delivers them directly to underserved populations worldwide while lessening the impact on landfills in the U.S. With offices in the Atlanta, New York, and San Francisco metropolitan areas, our ultimate goal is to bridge the gap between surplus and need. For more information, visit www.medshare.org.
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