Did you know that a textile can be innovative? It turns out there is much more to know about your towels, robes, sheets and bedspreads than what meets the eye. Recent advancements in how textiles are created have allowed for the infusion of antimicrobial properties, allowing them to play an active role in infection control for your community.
As you know, infection control continues to be a top priority for Long Term Care. Ensure your residents have the best protection available – learn more about antimicrobial textiles by asking these top four essential questions:
1. Why are antimicrobial linens important?
Bed linens and towels can harbor bacteria even after one use, but using antimicrobial textiles can help stop the spread of disease or illness in its tracks. The embedded germ-killing and odor-destroying properties protect against commonly acquired infections and bacteria-borne skin problems that are typical in a Long Term Care setting. And because these sheets and towels are self-sanitizing, they stay fresh longer and don’t need to be laundered as frequently.
2. How do antimicrobial linens stop the spread of disease?
Silver strands – finer than a human hair – are woven into every piece for effective prevention of bacterial growth. Silver is naturally oligodynamic, meaning it prevents the growth of bacteria. Because it carries a positive charge and bacteria is negative, the silver is attracted to the bacteria, breaks its cell wall and the infectious organisms are destroyed before it has a chance to reproduce, hence reducing the spread of infection.
3. What are the other advantages of antibacterial linens?
Aside from infection control, these amazing linens also protect against acne, odor, fungus, mildew and mold. They also withstand bleach and peroxide, making them incredibly versatile. From bed linens to bathroom towels and even privacy curtains, antimicrobial solutions can be implemented anywhere in your community!
4. What is the cost difference between antimicrobial textiles and traditional linens?
Due to the raw materials and silver in the linens, antimicrobial textiles generally cost between 30 – 50% more than traditional solutions. However, due to their amazing properties, these textiles last up to seven times longer and use far less water than traditional terry products. Add these benefits to the infection control properties and you’ll find that a return on investment can be achieved after only a short time.