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Healthcare Partnership: Standard and Vestagen

TRSA associate member Standard Textile Co. Inc., Cincinnati, and Vestagen Protective Technologies Inc., Orlando, FL, recently announced a strategic partnership to market VESTEX® Active Barrier garments, according to a news release. This line of healthcare garments are designed to minimize the risks to healthcare workers associated with unexpected exposures to body fluids during everyday use.

The co-exclusive sales and marketing agreement covers acute and post-acute healthcare facilities in the U.S. and Canada. Standard Textile healthcare sales representatives will be supported by Vestagen personnel, who also will take the lead on working with institutional customers during the implementation process.

“For over 70 years, Standard Textile has been synonymous with innovation in the hospitality, healthcare, workwear and consumer sectors,” said Norman Frankel, executive vice president/sales at Standard Textile. “With VESTEX, we are offering breakthrough technology for healthcare workers that complements our existing specialty product lines designed to address the unique needs of healthcare institutions.

“The growing environmental risks to workers and patients in the healthcare setting are well documented. Vestagen is a pioneer in the development of ‘active-barrier’ fabric that incorporates multiple technologies to help minimize these risks, while being comfortable and durable for everyday use. We are delighted to partner with Vestagen to bring garments made with this outstanding product to our American and Canadian customers.”

VESTEX fabric is a unique combination of technologies that addresses the need for continuous-wear, comfortable healthcare worker and patient garments intended to minimize the risks associated with unanticipated exposure to body fluids during routine use, by repelling fluid splatter and spills from the fabric. VESTEX fabric is breathable and contains an EPA-registered antimicrobial agent shown in controlled conditions in laboratory and hospital settings to inhibit the growth of certain bacteria on the fabric. A peer-reviewed study published in a leading medical journal showed reduced acquisition and retention of certain microorganisms on VESTEX scrubs under the study conditions compared to conventional healthcare uniforms.

VESTEX Active Barrier apparel has earned the exclusive endorsement of the American Hospital Association (AHA). To read the full release, click here.