Kathryn Cook, Vestagen Technical textiles, [email protected] (336)420-2767
[ORLANDO, Fla] July 12, 2010 – Vestagen Technical Textiles today announced the completion of the first clinical trial involving its Vestex™ nanotechnology-based products. The clinical trial was conducted by the Department of Epidemiology and Infection Control at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU).
Medical research has consistently documented that garments and fabrics used in the healthcare environment including scrubs, uniforms, lab coats, privacy curtains and gowns are contaminated with high levels of dangerous microbes such as MRSA which may pose a threat to health care workers, their patients and the community.
The 16-week, blinded cross-over clinical trial compared levels of bacterial contamination, known as Colony Forming Unit (CFU) counts, on Vestex treated scrubs versus standard scrubs. More than 300 cultures were performed on 32 health care workers in a medical respiratory intensive care unit.
The landmark study was led by Gonzalo Bearman, MD, MPH, associates professor of medicine, epidemiology and community medicine at VCU. “The results for this study are encouraging,” Said Bearman, “as the Vestex scrubs had significantly fewer MRSA colonies.”
“We are very pleased with the outcome of The Virginia Commonwealth University research of our technology,” said Ben Favret, president and CEO of Vestagen. “This data further supports the evidence-based research documenting the clinical, operational and financial benefits of Vestex.”
The performance of Vestex is the result of impregnated nano-sized particles that change the surface area of the fabric, increasing surface tension. The proprietary technology creates a barrier to contaminants and fluids such asw blood. The repellency of the barrier protection sheds bulk contaminants allowing the imbedded antimicrobial properties of Vestex to control microorganisms on the fabric.
“We hope that this technology, when coupled with hand hygiene and other infection control measures, will aid in the prvention of hospital acquired infections and protect healthcare workers,” said Bearman
Vestex products, including scrubs, lab coats, protective isolation gowns and long-sleeved T-shirts, are currently available for sale. Individual orders can be placed online at www.vestexproducts.com. For information on placing an instituational order please contact Lorrie Anderson, director of marketing, at 407-781-2570.
About Vestagen Technical Textiles LLC
Vestagen Technical Textiles is an Orlando-based marketer and manufacturer of advanced performance textiles. Vestagen is led by a skilled management team with nearly a century of combined experience in the health care textile and apparel industries. Backed by V-Ten Capital Partners. Vestagen is committed to creating innovative textile solutions. For more information, visit www.vestagen.com and ww.vestexprotects.com