The team at Flagler Hospital has a new look! Patients and their family members can now quickly identify staff roles, such as RNs, Patient Care Technicians, Transporters and Rehab Therapists by the color of their new, advanced technology uniforms.
Flagler Hospital partnered with Vestagen Technical Textiles of Orlando, a global innovator in the development of advanced textile technologies, to provide the uniforms, which are made of an advanced anti-microbial fabric called VESTEX®. The fabric's fluid barrier binds to individual fibers, resulting in material that is highly repellent to bodily fluids, water, oil and dirt. This high repellency has been shown to synergize with VESTEX'S embedded antimicrobial technology to prevent organisms from being acquired and retained on the fabric, which helps keep caregivers safer from infection.
"The safety of our patients and our staff is always a top priority at Flagler Hospital." said Flagler Hospital President & CEO Joe Gordy. "The uniforms serve a dual role in supporting infection prevention while also helping patients and their families quickly recognize the roles of our team members – even from a distance."
In fact, a recent national study revealed that 89% of people surveyed indicated that it would be very helpful if hospital uniforms were color-coded by role.
Flagler Hospital staff were directly involved in the uniform roll-out and provided feedback regarding color assignments for each specific clinical role. Many staff elected to adopt the uniforms prior to the July 1 hospital-wide launch date and received significant positive feedback from patients, families and visitors about both ease-of-recognition and professionalism.