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    2020, June

    Role of Healthcare Apparels and other Healthcare Textiles in the transmission of Micro-organisms
    0 Role of Healthcare Apparels and other Healthcare Textiles in the transmission of Micro-organisms

    In Healthcare Industry, Healthcare workers (HCWs) wear Healthcare Apparels like uniforms, scrubs and lab coats, for the following causes:

    • To get identification as hospital personnel to their patients and employers.
    • To display professionalism.
    • To get barrier protection for clothes from unexpected exposures during the work hours. 

    In situations like COVID-19, a medical study suggests that Healthcare Apparels are prone to contamination with micro-organisms or pathogens that can cause infections or illnesses. While the scrubs and lab coats are majorly manufactured, with the same traditional textiles used to make street clothes, new evidence suggests having innovative textiles function. It should possess engineering control, acquisition minimization, retention, and reduction in transmission of infectious pathogens.

    To solve the problems related to healthcare infections, and infections acquired occupationally, an equation with many complex variables is required. One of the main components is healthcare professionals like doctors, nurses, laboratory personnel, and technicians who are infrequent exposure to blood and body fluids. These fluids can transmit bacteria that cause colonization or infection. Risk of virus transmissions like noroviruses, respiratory viruses, and blood-borne viruses that can survive for hours or days on surfaces is also possible. 

    The way patient care is delivered is also another consideration. While personnel working in hospital operating rooms, and emergency units, anticipate splashes and splatters of blood and body fluids, they use personal protective equipment (PPE) accordingly.

    New Medical technologies pave the way for performing invasive procedures outside of the acute care environment. The following are the situations:

    • Difficulty in avoiding accidental exposures to blood and body fluids.
    • Acute access to Personal Protective Equipment. 
    • Minimal or no supervision for healthcare professionals. 
    • Less compliant with standard infection control precautions. 

    Thus healthcare professionals who work in non-traditional settings such as Healthcare clinics, ambulatory, and community settings are at the highest risk of occupational exposure to infectious micro-organisms. Proper Usage of Protective Gowns and Masks should be made mandatory in all healthcare industries to prevent them from getting infections.

     

     

     

    Current Trends Prevailing In Healthcare Textiles & Medical Fabrics
    0 Current Trends Prevailing In Healthcare Textiles & Medical Fabrics

    In recent years, two major economic trends have affected the healthcare industry. 1. Budget affecting controlled reimbursements from CMS & private insurers. 2. Market advancements enabling high Healthcare product Delivery.

    The high level of consumers employing in-patient care rises strikingly. Healthcare Centers & Hospitals are ascertaining a shrinking in-patient population which demands better outcomes. Hospitals are assessed more in a holistic manner on patient outcomes than ever before. In response to it, they try to capture and control more of the healthcare delivery spectrum. While Healthcare Sectors vertically integrate and touch us at more and more points of care, the expectation is building up more which makes them traveling the path without any hurdles. 

    How does this affect Healthcare Textiles?

    As healthcare systems are making their hard-earned efforts to meet patient satisfaction levels (to earn better reimbursement rates, in part), they see opportunities/demands to use Healthcare Textiles and Medical apparel to nurture them. 

    Trends in Staff Apparels

    Recent research has shown that at least two-thirds of all hospitals have employed a color-coded uniform program for their patient-facing staff in order to help patients and families to clearly identify between the nurse and the doctor. In retain scrubs, synthetic-rich, home-wash performance fabrics are the fast becoming norm. It replaces the old 65/35 Polyester-Cotton & 50/50 Cotton-Polyester stalwart blends. Before the rise of OR Scrubs, the healthcare Industries purchase, process, and make it more performance-based fabrics and designs.

    With the fabric treatment and delicate stretch components, these new unisex reversible scrubs will pose a laundering challenge, but offer opportunities for enriched customer relationships if they get it right. 

    Trends in Patient Apparels

    The focus on attaining the patient’s satisfaction has raised the expectations of the simple Patient Gowns to offer more comfort, dignity, and performance than ever before. New normal inpatient apparel is having synthetic blends, softer fabrics, brighter and more -stain & fade-resistant prints and designs, and better coverage. This adds up to easy processing and less energy use for laundry. Isolation Gowns made of synthetics are on the rise too. 

    Trends in Patient Bedding

    Recent research shows that healing and recovery are faster and better in a more comfortable environment in Hospitals. Performance fabrics or Value-added Textiles are evolving in the patient environment as well. Besides a plastic ID Band and air the inpatients breathe, it is only Healthcare Fabrics and Medical apparels touch and surrounds every patient 100% of the time.

    As we know that the two major contributors to skin breakdown and decubitus ulcers are pressure and moisture, Hospital Knitted Sheets, incontinence products, 100% cotton blankets, as well as Barrier Gowns, which are designed to remove pressure and moisture away from the patient’s skin. Therapeutic beds and mattresses help to prevent skin breakdown.

    Another wave coming with the preponderance of synthetic knits is the no-fold linen system in Hospital Bed linens. Knitted bottom and top sheets, pillowcases, and patient gowns are be delivered in bags unfolded and unwrinkled, speeding up post-processing and redelivery times.

    In summary, the healthcare industry now offers more alternative points of care as the expectation level from patients is rising more and more. In order to adapt to the new synthetic performance world. , High-performing synthetic fabrics, as well as innovative garments, are emerging!

     

     

    Facts about Face Shields on Protecting Healthcare Workers from COVID – 19
    0 Facts about Face Shields on Protecting Healthcare Workers from COVID – 19

    Like you, we are also monitoring the latest updates of Coronavirus (COVID – 19) pandemic which is continuously increasing day by day and extremely pulling the health industry all over the world.

    To overcome this situation, Protective Face Shield is one of the better options for public and medical professionals whenever moving out or treating COVID – 19 patients.

    That is why HY Supplies is doing all possible ways to supply PPE (Personal Protective Equipments) like KN95 Respiratory Face Masks, Protection Face Shields, Reusable Isolation Gowns, Medical Barrier Gowns, etc… to frontline medical staffs, public and healthcare industries.

    Similar to Face Masks, the usage of Reusable Face Shields started rising in preventing the spread of microorganisms. According to Medical Professionals, Face Shield Wholesale reduces viral exposure by 96% when worn within 18 inches of a cough, and 92% recommended 6 feet of social distancing. To avail such benefits, you can count on HY Supplies Inc. at any time to prevent from Coronavirus.

     

     

     Face Shields  Made in the USA

    Disposable Face Shields provides better protection for eyes, nose, and mouth when compared to masks and it has several advantages like reusable, more comfortable, and prevents the wearer from touching the face and gives clear communication, due to visibility of mouth. It is advisable to wear the Face Shields while moving to any public places or even to work. If this kind of activity followed then there is a possibility of returning to normal life sooner.

    In hospitals, Face Shields are the required equipment for many medical procedures. Medical staffs like doctors and nurses wear them while treating COVID – 19 patients and during surgeries which may cause blood and liquid fluids to fly out. The good thing about the face Shields is it can be resterilized, reusable, and cleaned by the wearer until the components get damaged.  

    In the marketplace, there are wide varieties of Face Shields for sale; the most preferred among the medical professionals are transparent, curved plastic that covers the face with the securing mechanisms like headband or strap which is anti-fog, anti-splash, heat resistance, lightweight which gives better protection from fluid droplets, saliva, splash, etc…

    HY Supplies helps you in supplying Face Shields PPE to protect yourself from infected people around you!