First Coast News is reporting on a very interesting topic that could provide a lot of benefit if it is true. The hospital gowns that are used to combat Ebola are being used by Baptist Health for its doctors, nurses and patients to minimize the risk of hospital-acquired infections. The company spent more than $1 million for the gowns.
The garments feature Vestex textile technology, which has a durable fluid barrier that is highly repellent to bodily fluids, dirt, water and oil. The employees receiving the uniforms are those who have frequent patient contact including those who work in nursing, imaging, respiratory therapy and environmental services. The new uniforms will be color coded by function. In addition to the added protection, the new outfits provide more comfort and modesty for patients with modified gowns and shirt and sports-style shorts. Already, patients are finding the new gowns beneficial. A cancer patient found that the the durable fluid barrier made him feel safer while he’s in the hospital for his treatments. Doctors, nurses and staff have been wearing the Vestex scrubs version since July. Smaller Vestex patient outfits are currently being made for children staying at Wolfson Children’s Hospital. Baptist Health is the first health system in the country to adopt these protective measures.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that about 2 million patients annually suffer from hospital acquired infections leading to almost 100,000 deaths. Hopefully, more hospitals will start to use these gowns and we will actually see hospital acquired infections go down.