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New hospital garments could minimize infection

First Coast News, July 10, 2014

As staff and patients become increasingly concerned about the risks of hospital-acquired infections, one local health care system is exploring an innovative approach. Baptist Health has adopted specialized staff and patient garments to minimize the risk of hospital-acquired infections. The garments feature Vestex textile technology, which has a durable fluid barrier that is highly repellent to bodily fluids, dirt, water, and oil. Baptist Health is the first health system in the country to adopt these protective uniforms. Ben Favret with Vestigen technical textiles spent the past year working with Baptist Health. Together, they developed a color-coded system so patients can recognize which employee works in which department.