Prime Medical, in partnership with Clorox Professional Products, is introducing hospital privacy curtains, scrubs and lab coats that harness the sanitising effects of sodium hypochlorite-based bleach. This will be another tool for those in the healthcare environment to fight Hospital-Acquired Infections.
The fabric works by enabling bacteria-fighting molecules to bind to its surface for up to 12 weeks after washing with bleach, inhibiting the growth and spread of viruses. The fabric recharges during each washing, and the antimicrobial capability is durable for a minimum of 75 industrial washes. According to a study by the fabric’s manufacturer, lab tests suggest that the activated fabric can kill bacteria and viruses with 99.9% effectiveness.
This means that as healthcare providers move between patient rooms, they can reduce the risk of spreading unseen pathogens via their scrubs and lab coats. And, since privacy curtains are often touched and rarely changed, the fabric’s antimicrobial capability provides an additional layer of protection to prevent the spread of bacteria and viruses.