See it SAFE® presence in the healthcare sector can provide added protection for patients, staff and visitors. Preventing infection can save significant costs and address hospital bottlenecks by speeding up the patient process by eradicating infection. Shorter stays and reduced treatment time typically mean lower costs.
Super-bugs are on the increase. In the UK alone it is reported that 1 in 9 patients has a Health Care Acquired Infection at any one time. Toray Textiles Europe has an extensive range of See it SAFE® technical fabrics engineered for use within the healthcare sector to combat the spread of Health Care Acquired Infections ( HCAI ).
See it SAFE® kills 99.9% of bacteria within one hour – including MRSA.
• It is estimated 12% of hospital in-patients acquire an infection while in hospital.
• There are at least 300,000 HCAIs a year.
• Around 5,000 deaths each year can be primarily attributable to HCAIs and in a further 15,000 cases it might be a substantial contributor.
Sources of possible contamination in the healthcare environment include:
• Linting of textiles acting as vectors carrying the microbes through the environment. This is prevalent when changing bed sheets and curtains due to the disruption of dust particles through this action.
• It is reported 80% of all nurses’ uniforms in the UK are laundered at home.
• Skin shedding of colonized personnel.
Fact: one human male sheds approximately 4,000 squamae per minute (dead skin cells).
Four microbes of MRSA can exist on each square and un-impeded can divide every
See it SAFE® pyjamas and bedlinen trialled in the UK aim to prove MRSA can be eradicated from the skin, thus protecting vulnerable patients.
Trials in Greece ( 2009, DIN EN ISO 20743) prove the effectiveness of the See it SAFE® against the following agents:
-Escherichia coli (NCCB 50028),
-Klebsiella Pneumoniae (NCCB 77026)
-Staphylococcus Aureus (NCCB 46063)
-Staphylococcus Aureus (NCCB 3680)
-Corinebacteriun ammoniagenes (NCCB 60030)
-Acinetobacter haemoliticum (NCCB 88002)
-Proteus mirabilis (NCCB 22031)
-Pseudomonas aeruginosa (NCCB 76039)
-Staphylococcus epidermidis (NCCB 77060)
-Streptococcus pyogenes (NCCB 89164)
-Enterococcus faecalis (NCCB 36031),
-Candida albicans (ATCC 90029)
-Candida albicans (UOA/HCPF YEM3496)
-Candida parapsilosis (UOA/HCPF 8960a)
-Aspergillus fumigatus (UOA/HCPF 10229)
-Aspergillus flavus (UOA/HCPF 8934).
See it SAFE® provides hygiene protection in contact with the human skin. It works by sanitising the skin in close proximity to the fabric and provides the foremost preventative textile barrier against cross-infection from the localised environment. The dual benefit of our anti-microbial fabric means we can tackle infection and prevent cross contamination as the fabric becomes a barrier.
Assisting in protecting the community and environment
No longer is susceptibility to MRSA infections restricted to hospitalised patients.The entire population is at risk by the increasing presence of MRSA bacteria in the community environment.It is recommended that patients and medical personnel wear See it SAFE® pyjamas or scrubs prior , during and after their visits to hospital to help protect them from MRSA infection. The fibre system woven throughout the garments eliminates 99.9% of germs in less than one hour, which will help combat the effect of MRSA during hospital stays or work.
Benefits to the retail sector
The increasing frequency of anti-microbial resistance among infectious organisms is of great concern to both medical providers and the general public. The public needs to be alerted to this potentially devastating threat.
MRSA can be picked up just about anywhere, from hospitals, schools and workplaces to your own kitchen or bathroom. Any open wound, even a scraped knee or a minor cut, is susceptible to infection. Children playing sports are at greater risk because they share equipment and have skin contact, which are both common causes of infection.
See it SAFE® anti-microbial range of medical wear, nightwear and bed-linen is available to the public and private domain to reduce the risk of bacterial infection and protect the wearer from contamination from the surrounding environment. See it SAFE® is the only significant “self help” preventative measure to protect oneself against the potential of contracting MRSA.
See it SAFE® reduces the risk of the wearer being contaminated from the environment
but also reduces the risk of the environment getting contaminated from the wearer –1 in 3 people are known staphylococcus carriers. See it SAFE® can help prevent infection from the environment, prevent infection of open wounds and speed up the healing process.
The healing properties of silver are well renowned and See it SAFE® , combined with X-STATIC® silver fibre, offers all the benefits known to be inherent to pure silver as a textile fabric to eliminate microbial infections.