CENTRAL COAST, Calif. — Dignity Health and Applied Silver, the maker of SilvaClean®, have expanded their partnership, the companies report. Three Central Coast healthcare facilities will utilize the proprietary textile protection system to enhance the hospital stay experience.
SilvaClean, a patented water-based ionic silver treatment, will provide protection to laundered linens for patients and healthcare workers at Arroyo Grande Community Hospital, French Hospital Medical Center and Marian Regional Medical Center, with plans to further expand the service to other Dignity facilities, according to the companies.
“This partnership is a testament of Dignity Health Central Coast’s commitment to the highest level of safe, quality healthcare services that our employees and physicians provide each and every day,” says Charles J. Cova, senior vice president of operations, Dignity Health. “We have made and continue to make a significant commitment to education and training, and we continue to invest in state-of-the-art technologies that enable our staff and physicians to provide the highest quality of care available.”
SilvaClean works on a wide range of fabric items by imparting lasting antimicrobial properties to the items each time they are laundered, protecting them in transport, storage and use from bacteria and fungi, according to Applied Silver. These fabric items include multiple key patient and healthcare worker touch points such as patient bedding, gowns, bath towels, worker scrubs and privacy curtains.
“SilvaClean is a new standard for enhancing environmental cleanliness through textiles. The technology is capable of reducing 99.9% of odor- and stain-causing bacteria, helping Dignity Health meet ever-stricter administrative targets and the quality expectations of the communities they serve,” says Dr. J. Trees Ritter, a medical director of the infection control programs for five California Central Coast hospitals and chairman of the Clinical Affairs Committee of the Infectious Diseases Society of America.
“No previous textile management solution provides the level of cleanliness that SilvaClean delivers to existing textile inventories,” says Sean Morham, CEO of Applied Silver. “We are proud to offer our Central Coast communities this Cal Poly-inspired breakthrough technology that is eco-friendly and provides an exceptional bedside experience.”