Long-term Commercialization Agreement Will Enable Hospitals to Significantly Reduce the Human and Financial Risk of HAIs
OCTOBER 18, 2018 (Hayward, California) Applied Silver, Inc. and Medline today announced a long-term partnership for the supply of SilvaClean®, a silver-ion antimicrobial commercial laundry additive. Medline (Northfield, Illinois) is the largest privately-held medical supply company in the United States. The agreement makes Medline the exclusive distributor of Applied Silver’s SilvaClean service to healthcare facilities in the United States and Canada through their commercial laundry providers.
Hospital Fabrics Soft Surfaces Identified as Significant Source of Staphylococcus, MRSA and other Pathogens
Bed linens, patient gowns and caregiver uniforms, curtains and carpets have been linked to the spread of healthcare-associated infections (HAIs). According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, about 1 in 25 admitted patients get HAIs – a significant and growing concern among infectious disease experts, healthcare workers and facility executives. Hospitals spend billions of dollars annually to address this problem.
EPA recently approved the public health claims for SilvaClean as a residual antimicrobial laundry additive to reduce post-laundry contamination with activity against Staphylococcus aureus after 6 hours of contact and Klebsiella pneumoniae after 3 hours of contact. Additionally, these claims are supported by extensive clinical data demonstrating the same.
Medline Sees Breakthrough Opportunity in Applied Silver’s Technology
“We believe the company’s patented and EPA-approved technology will significantly change infection prevention in healthcare. The new standard of textile hygiene that SilvaClean will deliver is the driving reason Medline has taken a financial stake in Applied Silver,” says Andy Mills, president, Medline. Mills noted the company also appreciates how SilvaClean does not change inventory or standard operating procedures, making it an easy addition to a hospital system’s textile program.
“We are delighted that Medline will be our distribution partner in the United States and Canada,” said Elizabeth Hutt Pollard, Executive Chair of Applied Silver. “This instantly makes SilvaClean accessible to over 7,000 U.S. hospitals and health care facilities. Medline’s endorsement and significant sales organization will help us win rapid market adoption.”
SilvaClean Infuses Silver Ions into Fabrics Killing Microbes and Providing Lasting (Residual) Protection
SilvaClean employs a smart patented technology platform that infuses textiles with pure silver ions during the laundry rinse cycle, where they bond with fabrics to residually kill pathogens, mold and mildew, eliminating odors, helping to remove stains and reduce static. SilvaClean chemistry is a EPA-approved laundry additive product enabled by an Internet of Things (IoT) dispensing system that leaves fabrics with residual antimicrobial properties even after laundering (e.g. in storage, during handling and in use).
The commercial partnership agreement with Medline is already in effect and SilvaClean service is available to hospitals and healthcare facilities now.
About Applied Silver, Inc.
Hayward, California-based Applied Silver, Inc. develops commercial applications based on technologies that harness the antimicrobial power of silver ions. The Company’s flagship product, SilvaClean® is a patented technology that provides residual antimicrobial efficacy to textiles through a laundry process, killing harmful bacteria, mold and mildew and reducing stains, odors and static and is EPA approved as a cost-effective addition to Infection Control programs. The Company, which was incorporated in 2012, is commercially active in healthcare and sports and is developing applications for hospitality and consumer use. For more information on Applied Silver, go to www.appliedsilver.com.
Medline is a global manufacturer and distributor serving the healthcare industry with medical supplies and clinical solutions that help customers achieve both clinical and financial success. Headquartered in Northfield, Ill., the company offers 550,000+ medical devices and support services through more than 1,600 direct sales representatives who are dedicated points of contact for customers across the continuum of care. For more information on Medline, go to www.medline.com or www.medline.com/social-media to connect with Medline on its social media channels.
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