Author: Russ Greenfield, MD, Medical Director for PurThread
I traveled to Philadelphia recently to attend a presentation at IDWeek by the highly respected University of Arizona microbiologist, Dr. Charles Gerba. As microbiologists go, Dr. Gerba is a rock star. Sought out often by the media, he’s known in print and on television as “Dr. Germ” for his extensive study into the bugs we come in contact with in daily life—in our homes and classrooms, workplaces and public spaces.
At PurThread, we were thrilled Dr. Gerba agreed to test our fabrics for their ability to kill the dangerous germs we are apt to come in contact with in hospitals and healthcare facilities and, increasingly, in locker rooms and playing fields, on vacations, and in the public arena.
At IDWeek by the poster with the results of the Gerba study. (We got it straightened out after taking this shot…)
We got another thrill when Gerba’s study validated what our in-house laboratory testing had already found: that PurThread’s novel approach to antimicrobial textiles is a highly effective one. According to his study, PurThread, which embeds safe, powerful antimicrobial silver into the core of textile fibers, kills 99.99% of MRSA, Salmonella, E. Coli, and even the bacteria that causes acne, within 4 hours of contact.
“PurThread fabrics are some of the most active we have ever tested and we look forward to working with them on other studies.” Dr. Charles Gerba, microbiologist, University of Arizona.
PurThread is known for its powerful and enduring ability to kill odors on fabrics, but our ultimate goal is to be a vital tool in the larger toolbox for infection prevention and control. So we’re excited—if not exactly surprised—by these positive results and look forward to working with Dr. Gerba on future studies to help us reach that goal.