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Holy Name Medical Center Announces Heightened Infection Prevention Measures

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System to now treat all linens and patient gowns with SilvaClean, an innovative laundry additive with residual activity against post-laundry contamination 

Teaneck, N.J., Feb. 21, 2020 – Holy Name Medical Center today announced its deepening focus on infection prevention and antibiotic stewardship efforts through innovative antimicrobial¹ technology. SilvaClean®, a first-of-its-kind laundry additive developed by Applied Silver and available exclusively from healthcare solutions provider Medline, will seamlessly infuse textiles with silver ions during the final rinse cycle of the laundry process, providing residual post-laundry activity against the seven leading pathogens.²

The technology provides immediate benefit to launderable linens and gowns throughout their use and consequently to the patient environment. Mayflower, a family-owned laundry partner that serves hospitals across the Northeast, began treating common hospital linens like bed sheets, towels and caregiver uniforms with the product at the beginning of the month. 

“Our investment in SilvaClean technology is an investment in the people we care for and we’re proud to fold it into our comprehensive infection prevention program,” said Adam Jarrett, MD, chief medical officer at Holy Name. “The EPA’s approval of this product highlights this as a proven solution when it comes to improving quality of care.” 

“Keeping a patient’s environment clean is a critical part of an infection prevention program and many forward-thinking facilities we partner with are taking a closer look at how hospital linens play an impactful role in that strategy,” said Elizabeth Hutt Pollard, executive chair of the board of directors, Applied Silver. 

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), nearly one in 31 hospital patients has at least one healthcare-associated infection on any given day. 

“With the ongoing threat from emerging pathogens, we must continually look at new technologies as part of our overarching infection prevention program. Whether it’s working with infection prevention to develop customized bloodstream infection dressing change kits or facilitating the introduction of SilvaClean, Holy Name‘s partnership with Medline continues to help improve patient outcomes on a daily basis,” said David Van Bever, director of environmental services and transport services at Holy Name. 

Learn more about how Holy Name is ranked among the best hospitals in the nation for patient care, clinical performance and workplace excellence at holyname.org. 

About Holy Name Medical Center 

Holy Name Medical Center is a comprehensive 361-bed acute care facility, which provides technologically advanced, compassionate and personalized care across a continuum that encompasses education, prevention, diagnosis, treatment, rehabilitation and wellness maintenance. The Medical Center, located in Bergen County, N.J., has nearly 4,000 employees and admits about 30,000 patients each year. Learn more about https://holyname.org/. 

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1. Antimicrobial properties are built in to protect the fabrics infused with SilvaClean. The fabrics do not protect users or others against bacteria, viruses, germs or other disease organisms. 

2. S. aureus, C. albicans, K. pneumoniae, VRE, ESBL E. coli, A. baumannii and MRSA