Traditional soft surfaces (pillows, mattresses, cushions, etc.) are often-overlooked vectors for contamination within healthcare facilities. In fact, ECRI Institute listed soft surfaces second on their list of Top Health Technology Hazards, stating: “Blood and other body fluids that remain on, or within, mattresses or mattress covers after cleaning can contact subsequent patients, posing an infection risk.”
These soft surfaces are designed in a way that allows pathogens to accumulate within their cores and become aerosolized with each use. This puts both patients and caregivers at risk of infection.
Spry’s patented Pneumapure® filter technology is designed to block all known viruses, bacteria, mold, and other pathogens from getting into the core of a soft surface, while still allowing for breathability. The .02 micron filter allows nothing but clean air to pass in and out of the core, ensuring that no contaminants are being absorbed or expelled.
This breathable barrier solution is comprised of 3 key components:
- Patented Pneumapure filter technology, which allows breathability while blocking all viruses, allergens, and other harmful pathogens
- Hermetically sealed seams, which eliminate stitching holes that would otherwise allow the absorption of pathogens
- Waterproof exterior fabric, which prevents pathogen ingress and makes soft surfaces easy-to-clean with no laundry needed
Spry’s filter technology has been independently tested and proven effective in blocking pathogen ingress. A major New York healthcare system has also found that after a six-month period of active use in their facilities, no bacteria was detected on the interiors of any Spry PPE Pillows tested – unlike the existing pillows used throughout the facility.
Healthcare acquired infections kill more people per year than breast cancer and prostate cancer combined. It is Spry’s goal to ensure that soft surface contamination is properly addressed in this ongoing fight, and that healthcare facilities are equipped with the right tools to do so.
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About SPRY Therapeutics
Spry Therapeutics is a health and wellness technology company that uses a proprietary soft-surface filter technology to block all pathogens from entering or exiting any soft surface to which it’s applied. The Company’s Pneumapure® filter is designed to help prevent cross-contamination among patients and caregivers, as well as provide a clean sleep solution to businesses and consumers alike. For more information, visit sprytx.com and follow Spry Therapeutics on LinkedIn.
Saving lives by addressing the critical role of surfaces in healthcare
About Healthcare Surface Consulting
Linda is the President of Healthcare Surface Consulting and a Healthcare Surface Expert. She has enjoyed a 16-year career passionately crusading to awaken, inspire, and educate people on the impact of surfaces in the spread of healthcare-acquired infections (HAIs). Her mission is to save lives by engaging with healthcare and design professionals to address the critical relationship between healthcare surfaces and HAIs.
The Seven Aspects of Surface Selection
Healthcare Surface Consulting looks at the whole picture of surface selection by thoroughly evaluating every aspect critical to infection prevention:
- Materials and textiles
- Surface assemblies
- Human behavior
- Cleaning and disinfection
- Manufacturer warnings
It is not enough to learn every physical characteristic of a given surface material or even all surface materials. It is not enough to become an expert in the latest disinfection agents and protocols. This data must be combined with an understanding of the patient care process and insight into human behavior patterns. Only by bringing all these aspects together to form a comprehensive understanding of the issues can we begin to develop the sweeping changes that will be required to make a significant reduction in the rate of infection.
Disclosure: Healthcare Surface Consulting president Linda Lybert is also the founder and executive director of the Healthcare Surfaces Institute non-profit organization. Healthcare Surface Consulting LLC has been a contributing sponsor and strategic partner to the Institute since its inception in 2015.
EASTMAN is a global specialty company that produces a broad range of advanced materials, additives, functional products, specialty chemicals, and fibers that are found in products people use every day.
Today’s healthcare environment has a critical need for better plastics - plastics with unsurpassed chemical resistance to disinfectants. These critical HAI-preventing disinfectants are used more frequently and with more aggressive protocols. Hospitals need plastics with the inherent ability to withstand stickiness, discoloration, crazing, cracking and hazing when exposed to these disinfectants.
Eastman plastics are key components used in non-implantable medical devices, including electronic housings and hardware, syringes, minimally invasive surgical instruments, blood contact systems, rigid and flexible tubing, IV components, and renal devices. Eastman MXF221 copolyester is a fully compounded polymer uniquely suited for electronic medical device housings and hardware.
Eastman is a global advanced materials and specialty additives company that produces a broad range of products found in items people use every day. With a portfolio of specialty businesses, Eastman works with customers to deliver innovative products and solutions while maintaining a commitment to safety and sustainability.
Headquartered in Fort Worth, Texas, EMist develops electrostatic disinfectant application systems to deliver safer surfaces at lower costs, while reducing manpower and keeping people healthy. We are the leading electrostatic technology company providing world class products and services. We are committed to stopping the unnecessary spread of sickness and infection in every community. Our electrostatic application technology and educational programs are designed to deliver better results more consistently and more safely than current cleaning and disinfecting methods. These advancements represent an opportunity to adjust standardized processes and protocols, to simplify operations, while taking full advantage of better performance to create healthier spaces. Proper surface disinfection methods will impact public health favorably.
Today, EMist application systems are at work in a multitude of settings throughout the country. The company has also expanded its distribution networks and promotes its application systems both nationally and internationally. Additionally, the company created the Health-E Certification Program to help agencies, organizations and professionals adhere to standard disinfecting protocols.
Discover the superior surface protection possibilities of DUPONT™ Tedlar® film for a variety of materials and industries.
Whether it’s protecting people from the elements or surfaces from scuffs and stains, DuPont™ Tedlar® PVF protective film provides durable, long-lasting protection from the inside out. With decades of proven successful applications from buildings and transportation to aerospace and graphics, Tedlar® delivers enduring value to a multitude of industries globally.
Ideal for use in healthcare, Tedlar® PVF films are third-party tested to show it does not provide nutrients to assist in mold and mildew growth and slows the growth of bacteria. The unique protective film has an impervious barrier against stains, from iodine to body fluids. In today’s environment, designers and their clients need safe materials like Tedlar® that can stand up to the harshest industrial cleaning products, including bleach and alcohol-based solvents. The long-lasting durability of Tedlar® PVF films help it to not break down over time from multiple cleanings.
Tedlar® is used in a variety of products from protecting fabrics, ceiling tiles, and our most recognized DuPont™ Tedlar™ Wallcoverings. The Tedlar™ Wallcoverings are UL GREENGUARD Gold environmental certified, UL Mold and Mildew certified, and Health Product Declaration® verified. Keep your space as clean and fresh as the day it was designed with the surface protection from DuPont™ Tedlar®.
Since 1985 Metrex has supported healthcare professionals dedicated to eliminating healthcare-associated infections. We are the only company that offers a system of solutions designed to address cross-contamination across the entire healthcare facility.
We believe that NO ONE should ever have to fight for their health over an illness they did not have when they entered a healthcare facility. We will work tirelessly to ensure that all people within all areas of the healthcare environment are properly protected from cross-contamination so the focus can be put on the most important thing: Getting the patient better.
We offer quality infection prevention solutions that help increase compliance, improve back-office efficiencies and enhance quality patient care. Our complete line of infection control products will help medical facilities meet today’s complex, competitive, and compliance-driven needs. Medical areas served: Acute Care, Alternate Care, Long-Term Care, Surgery Centers, Primary Care, and Outpatient Facilities.
RÖHM is a leading supplier of methacrylate chemicals worldwide.
Thanks to our positioning as a global company with 15 production sites on four continents, Röhm is close to our customers and markets. As one of the world’s leading partners in quality and reliability, we are committed to defining the methacrylate markets of tomorrow together with our customers. Our strategic goal is clear—to become the leading Methacrylate Verbund.
Our global presence makes us a reliable partner for our customers. For us, limitless partnership means developing the right solutions together with our customers and making their successes our own.
The structure of an integrated production network gives us the flexibility we need to respond quickly and dependably whenever circumstances in our industrial markets and at our customers change.
With decades of experience in the field of methacrylate chemistry, we are further expanding our technology-based strengths in the integrated production network and are continuously developing new fields of application with our products.
Our employees are our key strength. It is their ideas, creativity, and passion that help us develop our business together with our customers. As an attractive employer, we encourage our employees and provide exciting prospects for young professionals.
With more than 10,000 partners across 100 countries, Zebra delivers industry-tailored, end-to-end solutions to enable every asset and worker to be visible, connected and fully optimized. The company’s market-leading solutions elevate the shopping experience, track and manage inventory as well as improve supply chain efficiency and patient care.
Unburden the delivery of care by leveraging easy and interoperable technology solutions from just one partner—Zebra. Zebra offers the industry’s broadest portfolio of healthcare solutions that integrate effortlessly to connect assets, workflows, patients and staff into one holistic system. Let’s work together to give your teams more control, reduce unwanted workarounds, and regain more time for care.
Developed with clinicians at the center, our healthcare devices are specifically designed for busy healthcare facilities. They are made to be durable to hold up to rigorous, frequent cleaning and disinfection. Our healthcare barcode printers, scanners and mobile computers are made with medical grade plastics that help reduce the spread of infection. Our devices can be used with a longer list of approved cleaning agents compared with competitors’ devices.
To provide and promote processes and information to assist Value Analysis Professionals in evaluating healthcare services for clinical quality and cost effectiveness.
Value Analysis is recognized as an essential component of the delivery of healthcare. The Association of Healthcare Value Analysis Professionals is nationally recognized as the preeminent clinical resource in providing education and resources and networking to its membership and promoting Value Analysis in the healthcare community.
Statement of Purpose
Value Analysis professionals act as primary investigators and facilitators of major product and practice changes, and are involved in key product, service and technology decisions within healthcare organizations. They do this using the principles of value analysis stated in AHVAP’s purpose:
Healthcare value analysis contributes to optimal patient outcomes through an evidenced-based systematic approach to review healthcare products, equipment, technology and services. Using recognized practices and organizational resources collaborate to evaluate clinical efficacy, appropriate use and safety for the greatest financial value©.