by: Jamie Smith Updated:
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - A local health care company is using new technology to fight viruses, bacteria and infection. It's outfitting workers and patients with a material that literally repels disease.
The spread of infection to patients is one of the biggest threats at local hospitals.
Baptist Health is going to be among the first in the nation to be wearing the new scrubs designed to keep patients safer.
Scrubs worn by doctors, nurses and hospital staff are recognizable but Action News got a look at what they'll be donning in the near future.
“The reason we have invested in this technology is they reduce the organisms that are on clothing that staff may wear from room to room,” said nursing supervisor Diane Raines.
Nurse Anthony Abrigo knows what it is like to have blood splashed on him; it absorbs right into his scrubs.
“I work at a hospital, you bring a lot of stuff home with you but with the antibacterial stuff it's gonna be safer,” he said.
Safer because the new scrubs are fluid repellent and they’re anti-microbial, the first material ever devised to do both while being especially breathable for comfort.
Hospital staff at Baptist Health will begin wearing the new scrubs next month. Patients will get new gowns of the same material in September
Baptist Health is investing $1 million on the new scrubs and gowns. The new material was developed by Vestagen Technical Textiles in Orlando.