DFWHC, Vestagen promoting Vestex healthcare apparel
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DFWHC, Vestagen promoting Vestex healthcare apparel
Aug '17
The Dallas-Fort Worth Hospital Council (DFWHC) and Vestagen Protective Technologies have joined hands to promote the company’s Vestex Active Barrier healthcare apparel, which has earned the endorsement of the American Hospital Association. The Vestex fabric combines fluid repellency and antimicrobial technologies into healthcare worker scrubs and lab coats.

The teaming is expected to benefit North Texas hospitals by introducing them to new groundbreaking technology that has the potential to revolutionise traditional hospital uniforms.

More hospitals are requiring staff to wear uniforms with “active barrier” technology to protect the fabric from unanticipated exposure to body fluids that may contribute to germ transmission. A large portfolio of peer-reviewed published science suggests soft surfaces akin to apparel and linens can attract and retain microorganisms. Studies have demonstrated Vestex protects the uniform fabric from fluids and retains fewer germs than the traditional uniform apparel used in hospitals.

Designed for wear throughout the work shift, Vestex minimises the risks associated with unanticipated exposures by repelling fluid splatter and spills from the fabric. It contains an EPA-registered antimicrobial agent shown in hospital settings and in controlled laboratory conditions to inhibit the growth of certain bacteria on the fabric. A study in The Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America’s peer-reviewed hospital-based publication, “Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology,” showed reduced acquisition and retention of certain microorganisms on Vestex scrubs compared to conventional healthcare uniforms.

“Vestagen’s solution stands out for its potential to contribute to the culture of safety that is a concern for all of our North Texas healthcare institutions,” said W Stephen Love, president/CEO of DFWHC. “We are thrilled to have them join the DFWHC team. Vestex is designed to address risks confronted by our employees and patients every day and we welcome the chance to work with Vestagen to inform our members about these benefits.”

Valerie Craig, RN, a former chair of the DFWHC Patient Safety Quality Committee and vice president, clinical effectiveness and patient safety at Methodist Health System, said historic approaches to preventing hospital acquired infections have required extreme diligence.

“To have a sustainable impact, all members of the healthcare team must put forth constant effort,” she said. “As a nurse and healthcare executive, I am excited about innovative advances in technologies like Vestex fabric as it offers nurses, physicians and all members of the care team a layer of defence against splatters while reducing the risks of exposure.”

“We have received very positive feedback from hospitals across the country that have implemented Vestex,” said Ben Favret, founder and president of Vestagen. “We are honored to work with DFWHC to present the benefits of Vestex to North Texas hospitals and their healthcare professionals on the frontlines of patient care.” (SV)

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