SilvaClean® – an innovation by
Keep Healthcare Textiles
claims. “For some, it has been
easier to show only in-vitro (lab)
results, like testing swatches in a
petri dish, which does not reflect
real-life settings,” Lessem explained.
“What is important is to review
the performance of garments to
document effectiveness in a real,
live-care setting.” No third-party
data has been released, but some
professional organizations, such
as the Association of periOperative
Registered Nurses (AORN),
have amended their guidelines
to suggest antimicrobial apparel.
“Hospitals have been taking
measures for hand hygiene,
environmental cleaning, hard
surface sanitization … so what’s
next? We believe the answer
is antimicrobial treatment,”
This treatment is also being
applied to medical instruments.
After the antimicrobial urology
catheter was released in the
1980s, implants, wound dressings
and other catheters have
incorporated this technology.
Today, companies, such as
Sciessent, are working with
suppliers to embed antimicrobial
The petri dish on the left shows how bacteria react to apparel treated with antimicrobial
properties. The one on the right shows how bacteria react without the treatment.
(Courtesy of Life Threads)