'Anti-microbial uniforms to be a standard in healthcare'

28 Jun '18
3 min read

Anti-microbial and fluid barrier scrub uniforms are at the forefront of the latest trend in surgical apparel, according to a life sciences company focused on infection control and management in clinical healthcare settings. The healthcare industry is witnessing an increase in the use of anti-microbial ingredient in curtains, handrails, tabletops and more.

“Our current collections are polyester/cotton, cotton/polyester/spandex and polyester/rayon/spandex. All of our fabrics have been used in the past or are currently being used by other big manufacturers. Where we differ in the market is our advanced use of these traditional textiles by taking the manufacturing process two steps further by impregnating the fabric with our anti-microbial agent zinc pyrithione, and adding a fluid barrier protector to the garment,” said Tyler Mutz, president, LifeThreads, in an interview with Fibre2Fashion.

LifeThreads LLC is a life sciences company focused on infection control and management in clinical healthcare settings by targeting soft surface contact points. The company manufactures and distributes professional medical apparel, patient garments, linens and related items treated with an Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)-registered anti-microbial active ingredient that protects the fabric surface from harmful pathogens.

The main growth drivers in the healthcare industry according to Mutz is the aging population, which will demand more attention and care than before. Secondly, advanced fabrications are being developed every day that are improving the lives of end-users around the world. The company’s anti-microbial uniforms are becoming tools more than a commodity.

Talking about the challenges faced by the healthcare textile industry, he said, “I think this industry is challenged by brand identity. More end users are smarter than ever, can voice their opinions and can shop from the comfort of their couch now. Slowly we are seeing a revolution in fabrics and styles that have not been seen in past years in this industry. This is due to end user education and sophistication that is driving all of us to keep up with demand. Even though it is a major challenge, it is what I love the most about this industry and my job. Disruption and forward thinking is key to elevating any industry.”

The top future plan for LifeThreads is to gain worldwide acceptance of anti-microbial technology and making potential customers aware of what they are wearing professionally. It plans to invest heavily in marketing and end-user retention. (KD)

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Fibre2Fashion News Desk – India

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